PEACE Cable International Network Co., Limited, an international submarine cable system company devoted to interconnected global communications, and PCCW Global, a leading international telecommunications service provider, announced the deployment of the Infinera ICE6 optical engine solution on the Mediterranean segment of the Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system.

Read more: PCCW Global, PEACE Cable to leverage Infinera’s ICE6 optical engine solution

Nigerian telecoms firm and leading data center provider MainOne has announced plans to expand its data center footprint across West Africa, intending to double its storage capacity through its MDXi data center subsidiary.

Read more: West Africa’s leading data center provider to increase capacity by 2023

Cable breaks or faults on subsea optical cables can impact global digital connectivity and have costly ramifications for businesses and internet users. Three such incidents impacted users on the African continent in 2020 alone. Each year more than a hundred cable breaks are recorded across the world causing disruptions to communications and connectivity.

Read more: SAT-3 and WACS cable break after massive submarine mudslide

Etisalat has added a third facility in its SmartHub data centers portfolio with the opening of state-of-art Tier 3 data centre facility in Kalba, which has been selected to be the landing for Africa-1, a new subsea telecom system connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe.

Read more: Etisalat’s new Kalba data center landing point for Africa-1 subsea cable

Nokia and Proximus turned on the world’s fastest fiber access network at a media event in Antwerp attended by the Belgian Minister of Telecommunications, the Mayor of Antwerp and executives and engineers from the two companies.

Read more: Nokia to deploy first ever 25G PON, fastest fiber network in the world

As 5G rollouts continue, investment in fiber optic deployment continues to be a priority as the foundation for 5G wireless networks. However, the FTTH Council Europe and IDATE’s latest FTTH market panorama study over the 12 months until September 2020 has noted that almost 60% of homes in the EU27+UK region are yet to be passed with fiber infrastructure.

Read more: Tardy fiber deployments in Germany, UK, Italy, says report

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