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Week commencing 15 May 2017
An Angolan government agency is to spend $19.5m to build a telecoms technology hub in Luanda. UTIP, the government’s private investment technical unit, signed the contract with internet service provider, Angola Comunicações e Sistemas (ACS). The new unit will be used to provide private communications network systems, dedicated data transmission circuits and broadband connectivity solutions to corporate or business customers nationwide.
Global Telecoms Business 9 May
DOB Equity has paid $3,9m for an undisclosed stake in Nairobi-based warehouse developer Africa Logistics Properties Holdings (ALP). The investment will improve ALP’s capacity to offer one-stop warehousing and distribution solutions to multinationals keen on expanding operations across East Africa.
Business Daily Africa 11 May
Logistics company Panalpina is set to acquire Air Connection, a forwarder specialising in the export of flowers and vegetables to multiple destinations including the Netherlands and the UK. The family-owned Air Connection is Kenya’s fourth largest forwarder in terms of air freight export volumes. The merged company will handle around 70,000 tonnes of perishables yearly.
Business Daily Africa 10 May
BringCom, which provides connectivity solutions to developing countries, has reached a tentative agreement to acquire Datanet.Com. Datanet is a network service provider operating in Uganda and Kenya. BringCom’s investment will increase Datanet’s ability to competitively service the stringent requirements of some of its customers with challenging telecommunications applications.
Liquid Africa 10 May
Inmarsat has partnered with Actility to deploy LoRaWAN infrastructure around the city of Kigali. LoRaWAN – or long range wide area network – is a low-powered, wide area network solution seen as a key development in the internet of things. The Actility solution will make up part of a project to turn the Rwandan capital city into a smart city, and will operate initially for a year. Potential applications include transport, utilities, health and education solutions.
Global Telecoms Business 11 May