NetFoundry™, the leader of Application-Specific Networking, announces its partnership with BalanceOn the specialized Managed Services Provider (MSP) to bring networking that is beyond next generation to the Middle East and Africa region. Their focus on providing game-changing, smart connectivity solutions that is instant, simple, secure, cost-sensitive, and performant for their customers to become cloud-native and digital.

Read more: Big changes on the horizon for the MENA region

Ericsson’s focus on simplifying and stabilizing the business has during the three first quarters of 2018 resulted in stronger gross margins and a stabilizing topline. Focus has been on addressing underperforming areas while creating a strong platform for future growth. There has been solid progress in most portfolio areas.

Read more: Ericsson to curb losses with revised BSS strategy

Ericsson has launched its critical communications broadband portfolio for service providers. This will enable service providers to meet the business-critical and mission-critical needs of industries and public safety agencies as digitalization and modernization of land mobile radio communications increases.

Read more: Ericsson offers service providers new critical communications broadband portfolio

Nokia has deployed its 5G site for the South African operator rain. The launch and subsequent rollout are well aligned with the government’s strategy to connect the unconnected and improve the lives of citizens, and match rain’s main objective to provide affordable broadband internet to the masses in South Africa.

Read more: Nokia assists South African operator in its 5G journey

Huawei Marine announced completion of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) Upgrade II. The project was signed in February 2018 and successfully put into commercial use in October of the same year. The upgrade realized 32*100G wavelengths configured on the longest optically amplified single fiber span stretching 11500km from South Africa to Portugal.

Read more: Huawei Marine completes its second upgrade of WACS

Huawei Marine and PCCW Global announced that the submarine cable used in the MARS project has landed on Rodrigues Island, an outer island that forms part of Mauritius. The MARS project is the first submarine cable system to connect the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues.

Read more: MARS cable lands on Rodrigues Island and links it to the Mauritius

Swedish telecom vendor Ericsson has surprised analysts with reduced losses in Q4 driven by the increase of sales revenues and costs reduction. Sales as reported increased by 10% Year-on-Year and sales adjusted for comparable units and currency increased by 4%. Costs related to revised Business Support Systems (BSS) strategy impacted Digital Services operating income in Q4.

Read more: Ericsson beats expectations in Q4

Huawei founder and CEO Ren Zhengfei, has robustly defended his under-fire telecommunications company and has insisted that the vendor will not be subjected to the same setbacks suffered by its domestic rival ZTE.

Read more: Huawei founder passionately defends company, but concedes vendor needs to be more transparent

It is of a huge interest for the multinational ICT firm Huawei to be present at AfricaCom 2018 taking place in Cape Town, South Africa as it is proving that, in addition to its expertise in the smartphones’ market, it is also focusing on Cloud. Huawei is officially launching at the event its public cloud data center in Africa located in Johannesburg - with no further information about the exact site location and operation date. It is also giving many presentations regarding digital technology such as IoT, mobile video innovation, and the development of smart cities

Read more: Huawei announces at AfricaCom 2018 launching of new cloud data center