Per Zawya, the expansion will see Khazna partner with Egyptian infrastructure firm Benya Group.
Fast and furious: Although Egypt has data centres—about 15 of them—including a Huawei one, Khazna’s project will reportedly be Egypt’s largest hyper-scale data centre, which just means it can do a lot of work very quickly.
According to partner Bezna, who spoke to Egyptian publication Enterprise, the project has an expected initial capacity of 25 megawatts of IT load, with plans to double its capacity at a later date. Benya did not provide more details. The companies plan to start construction later this year and complete the project in the next three years.
Egypt plans for data centres: There’s more investment in cloud infrastructure coming to Egypt. Earlier this year, the Egyptian ministry of communications and information facilitated an agreement between Gulf Data Hub and Elsewedy Data Centres that could see to the construction of Africa’s largest data centre. The project will reportedly cost $2.1 billion and could take 4–7 years to complete.
AIRTEL NIGERIA RENEWS ITS 3G SPECTRUM LICENCE
Still on the subject of telecoms, Airtel Networks Limited has hit the renew button on its 3G spectrum.
Per Nairametrics, the network provider paid ₦58.7 billion ($127.4 million) to the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) to renew its 3G spectrum licence. And the licence is going to be valid for 15 years, that is, until April 30, 2037.
Zoom out: Airtel launched 3G in Nigeria in 2015. Four months ago, Airtel Africa took a leap and announced that its Nigerian subsidiary, Airtel Networks Limited, bought 5G spectrum from the NCC. The cost? A cool $316.7 million payable in local currency. The 5G includes benefits such as higher speeds, lower latency, significant network capacity as well as an improved user experience. Furthermore, the deployment of 5G can accelerate the availability and efficiency of fixed wireless access products across the country.
With 5G, Airtel can offer faster speeds, lower latency, and a lot more network capacity. The company also said 5G will make fixed wireless access products even more widely available across Nigeria. Well, till then, Nigerians have their rusty trusty 5G.
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IMF CAUTIONS ZIMBABWE ON GOLD-BACKED TOKEN
Zimbabwe believes a gold-backed digital token can help its devaluing currency, but experts think it a futile project.
The International Monetary Fund (IMF), yesterday, cautioned the country against using digital tokens to address its macroeconomic problems.
ICYMI: On Tuesday, Zimbabwe’s central bank, the Reserve Bank of Zimbabwe (RBZ), introduced a gold-backed digital currency to be used as legal tender in the country. For now, the digital currency can only be used for investment purposes, but the next phase of implementation will allow holders use the tokens for commercial transactions. With it, the country hopes to have more citizens buy into its gold industry and fight its currency devaluation and inflation, which jumped to 285% in 2022.
Another way exists: The IMF, however, believes that Zimbabwe’s solution may lie in conventional measures like the country tightening its monetary policy stance and removing restrictions on the exchange rate at which banks, authorised dealers and businesses transact.
“A careful assessment should be conducted to ensure the benefits from this measure outweigh the costs and potential risks including, for instance, macroeconomic and financial stability risks, legal and operational risks, governance risks, cost of forgone FX reserves,” an IMF spokesman said on Tuesday in an e-mailed response to questions.
Big picture: Already, Zimbabwe will be putting a lot of gold on the line for the project. In April, a member of its monetary policy committee revealed that the country will need $100 million of gold to kick-start its proposed bullion-backed digital currency. Zimbabwe is targeting a 14% increase in gold production, which will bring production to 40 tonnes this year. It earned $377 million from gold production in Q1 2023, down from the $463 million it earned in Q1 2022.
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Adaverse has invested in an African blockchain gaming startup Bitsport. Per Nodo News, the startup accelerator invested an undisclosed sum in Bitsport’s pre-seed round to help the platform with providing Africans the chance to earn cryptocurrency while gaming.
A former product manager at Coinbase has been sentenced to two years in prison for insider trading. CoinDesk reports that the US authorities believe that Ishan Wahi and his brother made over $1 million from insider trading.
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