In an effort to capitalize on growing demand for data traffic transport, IP backbone network operator Hurricane Electric is expanding its reach in Africa and the Middle East.
The company, best known for its data center and IP network activities in the US, has hooked its international network up to the Djibouti Data Center and Equinix Dubai, to offer expanded routes into Europe and Asia, and is connecting its IP backbone to the East Africa Data Centre in Nairobi to boost its presence in the intra-Africa data transport market. In addition, Hurricane Electric says it will be connecting to a number of Internet exchange facilities -- the Djibouti IX, the Kenya Internet Exchange and UAE-IX.
Chinese vendor Huawei has facilitated a US$200 million loan deal from Chinese financial institutions to help fund Telecom Egypt's 4G network rollout, including core and transport network technology deployments.
Mobile network technology has been developed for developed nations, leaving a lack of affordable mobile coverage solutions for countries with different needs, including those in Africa, argues the director of Orange Labs Networks.