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Workonline Communications launches new Pointof-Presence in Nigeria

Workonline Communications has launched its first Point of

Presence ( PoP ) in Nigeria , further enhancing the group ’ s West African presence .
The new megaPoP provides 10 Gbps and 100 Gbps services at Rack Centre in Lagos , pitched as West Africa ’ s best-connected data centre . This adds to the growing list of African markets in which the company manages megaPoPs including Ghana , Kenya and South Africa .
Benjamin Deveaux , Head of Business Development , Workonline Group , said : “ Although many content networks have now deployed in parts of Africa , there is still around 80 % of Africa ’ s Internet capacity which goes back to Europe where the content is hosted . Workonline is on a mission to help Africa keep traffic on the continent to increase the quality for the user and develop the African Internet economy .”
In early 2019 , Workonline Communications became the first African wholesale IP transit provider to deploy Resource Public Key Infrastructure ( RPKI ) Origin Validation ( OV ) to improve the security of Internet routing . Workonline is also an active member of the Mutually Agreed Norms for Routing Security ( MANRS ) operator community and was the first African network to implement all four of the MANRS routing manifesto actions .

Ivanhoe Mines and SES to continue deploying low-latency satellite connectivity in Africa

region following the boom in the African mining industry . The O3b constellation is powering connectivity for leading mining operators , driving a digitalisation revolution for the sector that is helping to increase profitability while improving worker safety and accountability . This model enables operators to cost-effectively scale connectivity as needed throughout the lifecycle of a mine , ensuring assets have the right amount of bandwidth at any given time to meet digitalisation requirements .

The Kamoa-Kakula Copper Project in The Democratic Republic of Congo will continue to enjoy high-speed satellitebased connectivity services as part of a new agreement between Ivanhoe Mines and SES .

The enhanced partnership builds on a successful five-year relationship between SES and Ivanhoe Mines and comes at a time of significant investment in lowlatency , high-capacity solutions in the
Anil Udayabhanu , Head of Technology at Kamoa Copper , said : “ Our long-standing partnership with SES has already helped us to improve the profitability of our extraction and supported our goal of improving the safety and welfare of all of our staff . In addition to that , O3b connectivity services will also help us leverage the latest applications , communicate in real time and maximise our productivity .”
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