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Inmarsat, the world leader in global, mobile satellite communications, announces that Rajeev Suri, former Nokia CEO, will join the business and assume the role of CEO and become a director of Connect Bidco Limited, the holding company for Inmarsat, from 1 March 2021. Rupert Pearce will step down as CEO from 28 February 2021.

Read more: Rajeev Suri, former Nokia CEO, to succeed Rupert Pearce, effective 1 March 2021

Orange Business Services, a network-native digital services company, has announced that it will design and build a new data center to provide cloud services for Egypt’s ‘New Administrative Capital'.

Read more: Egypt's newest smart city gets Orange Business Services edge for ICT infrastructure

As part of the signing of a series of contracts for targeted development projects between the DRC and Egypt, and in the presence of the Head of State, Félix-Antoine Tshisekedi, the Egyptian company Benya Capital and the Société Congolaise des Postes et Télécommunications (SCPT) finalized the contract for the deployment of 16,000 kilometers of optical fiber across the Democratic Republic of Congo.

Read more: Benya Capital strengthens optical fiber in Congo

As we partner with leading vendors of 5G technologies such as Nokia, Huawei, and ZTE, and with leading telecom operators around the world, we are seeing clearly that 5G is not gaining ground only because of the low latency it provides, but also because of its important benefits such as huge network capacity allowing for more developments of 5G fixed networks - which we at Telecom Review have experienced during our hybrid Summit last November - or more 5G deployments for mobile services.

Read more: 5G: A real opportunity for telecom operators

Orange announced that its venture capital arm, Orange Ventures has become a separate legal entity with an increased allocation of 350 million euros, empowering it to be more agile and competitive in seeking out and supporting the best start-up talent worldwide. Orange Ventures invests in high-growth sectors, in areas traditional to Orange expertise such as connectivity, cybersecurity, the digital enterprise, and innovative financial services, as well as new territories that the group is exploring, like e-health.

Read more: Orange allocates EUR 350 mln for new digital innovations entity

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