MTN GlobalConnect and CAMTEL have joined forces to establish a strategic partnership that will see the commercialisation of four submarine cables in the West and Central sub-region of Africa. The partnership will improve connectivity in Cameroon and support the increasing demand for internet capacity.

Read more: MTN GlobalConnect and CAMTEL accelerate Cameroon’s fibre network and digital journey

The Communications Regulatory Authority (CRA) issued an order to direct Ooredoo Qatar and Vodafone Qatar to implement specific wholesale charges for 2021, 2022, and 2023; aiming to maintain a competitive, fair, and developing telecom sector in Qatar.

Read more: CRA approves wholesale charges for telecom networks from 2021-2023

From 19 in 2012 to 46 in 2020, the number of African internet exchange points (IXPs) has increased by 58 percent over the past eight years. With more than half of the countries in the region having an IXP, the most developed internet ecosystem is in South Africa with 80 percent of localized traffic, followed by Kenya and Nigeria with 70 percent each.

Read more: Number of African IXPs increased by 58%, says report

Sparkle announces its collaboration with Google to build the Blue and Raman submarine cable systems that set a new reference in terms of diversification, scalability, and latency to communication routes between Europe, Africa, the Middle East, and South Asia.

Read more: Sparkle to build Blue and Raman submarine cable systems with Google

Bulk Infrastructure, the Nordic’s leading provider of ultra-scalable, highly-connected, and sustainable data centers and dark fiber networks announced that Norwegian-based systems integrator and software developer Innit doubled the data center capacity at its Bulk’s Oslo Internet Exchange (OS-IX) facility.

Read more: Data center capacity at Oslo Internet Exchange now doubled

PCCW Global has launched a new IX-as-a-Service (IXaaS) that makes it easier, faster and more flexible to order, provision and pay for IX services from some of the world’s largest Internet Exchanges (IXs).

Read more: PCCW Global launches on-demand services to leading IX platform through Console Connect

Saudi Arabia’s Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) has announced the work on structuring key business principles for large-scale data center development. Key investors are committed to the build out of a series of neutral data centers across the Kingdom with many expected to follow the plan, according to Saudi Press Agency.

Read more: MCIT structures business principles for data centers development in KSA

GO announced a €25 million investment in LaValette, a new submarine cable that directly connects Malta to France, Egypt, and beyond, and will be a part of PCCW Global’s Pakistan East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) project.

Read more: PCCW Global to execute new submarine cable for Malta's new connectivity

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