Nokia has announced inter-connect carrier Gulf Bridge International (GBI) will use the Nuage Networks SD-WAN 2.0 solution to offer their enterprise customers optimized connectivity between branches and private and public clouds. Customers within GBI's 26+ country presence can reduce their operational overhead with the new service. This deal marks the first extension of a software-defined wide area network (SD-WAN) to the public cloud in the Middle East and Africa (MEA) region.

Read more: GBI, Nuage Networks and Nokia collaborate to provide new cloud network service in MEA region

Nokia is making 5G deployments faster and more cost-efficient with its patent-pending 5G virtual testing environment. In its over-the-air validation area in Oulu, Finland, Nokia works with operators to simulate massive MIMO antenna beamforming performance by combining physical testing with a leading edge virtual environment.

Read more: Nokia’s virtual testing is accelerating commercial deployment of 5G networks

Nokia and the Finnish National Committee for the United Nations Children’s Fund (UNICEF) and UNICEF Kenya have launched a shared-value partnership during this year’s Nairobi Innovation Week, to increase equitable access to digital literacy for some of the most disadvantaged children in Kenya.

Read more: Nokia and UNICEF launch partnership to boost digital literacy in primary schools in Kenya

After Nokia’s Q1 2019 results were made public, CEO Rajeev Suri conceded that “Q1 was a weak quarter for Nokia”. However, he continued, “We expected that it would be, and the outcome has not changed our perspective on the full year. We are confident that those issues that drove weakness in our results will ease over the remainder of the year. While overall risks have increased slightly, we continue to see positive developments and are maintaining our guidance for the full year.”

Read more: Nokia’s CEO confident that weak Q1 results will not affect remainder of 2019

PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong’s premier telecommunications service provider, and Kenyan technology service provider TESPOK have signed a Memorandum of Understanding to provide Africa’s first mobile data roaming exchange point, an IPX based networking infrastructure that will keep roaming data on the continent while dramatically improving user experience, gaining network efficiencies, decreasing costs, and reducing loads on international cable infrastructure.

Read more: PCCW Global launches first African roaming IPX in Kenya