Intracom Telecom’s WiBAS™-Connect Selected by EOLO SpA for Wireless Ultra-Broadband Residential Network across Italy

Intracom Telecom (, a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor, announced today that EOLO SpA (, an Italian telecommunications operator focusing on ultra-broadband in sub-urban and rural areas, selected its WiBAS™-Connect for the implementation of an ultra-broadband wireless residential network across rural Italy. EOLO intends to complete the rollout of its new network within a period of 5 years, being the first to offer 5G speeds to homes and businesses.

Within the framework of this multimillion contract, Intracom Telecom will supply its Point–to-Multipoint (PtMP) systems to EOLO enabling the operator to deploy a wireless network to connect homes and businesses across Italy that cannot be reached by fiber and ADSL/VDSL. This first ever PtMP deployment will enable EOLO to improve its coverage (13 regions, 70 provinces) of Italy and offer internet speeds up to 100Mbps to its subscribers. The total agreed scope is for a PtMP network for several hundred thousand subscribers, consisting of base stations and CPEs operating in the 28GHz frequency band, recently awarded by the Italian government to EOLO.

The installation of WiBAS™-Connect is part of EOLO’s current extensive investment in its fast expanding network in the whole of Italy, aiming at becoming the first provider of ultra-broadband services to residential and SME subscribers in the country’s suburban and rural areas. The selection of Intracom Telecom’s Multipoint technology came following rigorous testing by EOLO experts. The WiBAS™-Connect was proven to be the optimal solution presently available in the market satisfying the long list of technical criteria.

Commenting on the project award, Mr. Luca Spada, President of the Board & CEO of EOLO, said: “As EOLO expands its coverage and introduces new value-added services for its subscribers, it was important to form a strategic partnership with a company like Intracom Telecom that can assist us achieve our goals to deliver 5G ready services in more regions in Italy, so to enrich subscriber experience.” Moreover, Mr. Spada added: “Starting from the second semester of 2017, a “5G ready” network, able to supply a real connectivity of 100Mbps in download and 50Mbps in upload, will support our country to achieve a leading position in 5G, with an important focus on those peripheral areas where fiber networks will not be deployed in the next years.

Mr. Mohamed Ahmed, President of the Board & CEO of Intracom Telecom, said: “We are delighted to partner with EOLO and support them accomplish their vision to be the first provider in Italy for Ultra-Broadband Internet connectivity to rural residential subscribers. We worked diligently with EOLO during the past years to provide our state-of-the-art technology to meet their high-end demanding requirements. We are determined to be part of their success.”

Intracom Telecom has been accumulating expertise for the past 40 years in providing innovative wireless access solutions, having successfully developed and deployed its Point-to-Multipoint systems with numerous operators in Europe, Southeast Asia and Africa, meeting the constantly growing demand for broadband access services.

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Information for news editors:
Alexandros Tarnaris
Marketing Communications Director
Intracom Telecom
tel. +30-210-667-7027

About EOLO SpA Italy:
EOLO SpA (, founded in 1999, is a telecommunications operator market leader in internet connectivity services, VoIP telephony and added value services. EOLO is in a leading position in the wireless broadband business, thanks to the wholly owned EOLO network. In the last fiscal year EOLO’s revenue reached 76 Million Euro with a 33% growth over the previous year. EOLO is the hi-speed independent wireless network that delivers internet access also in rural areas where traditional technology is not available. EOLO relies on a wholly owned infrastructure which is totally independent from other Italian telco companies. The infrastructure uses wireless radio repeaters which transmit the signal in 13 Italian regions. The services provided through EOLO are aimed at both consumer and corporate markets and the broadband speeds reach up to 1 Gb/s. EOLO’s HQ is located in Busto Arsizio (close to Malpensa International Airport), in a 13,000 sqm campus where over 300 employees work. EOLO is a privately owned company entirely based on Italian investments. For further information visit

About Intracom Telecom:
Intracom Telecom ( is a global telecommunication systems and solutions vendor operating for 40 years in the market. Intracom Telecom innovates in the areas of small-cell backhaul, wireless transmission and broadband wireless access and has successfully deployed its industry leading point-to-point and point-to-multipoint packet radio systems worldwide. Moreover, the company offers a competitive portfolio of revenue-generating telco software solutions and a complete range of ICT services, focusing on big data analytics, converged networking and cloud computing for operators and private, public and government clouds. The company invests significantly in R&D developing cutting-edge products and integrated solutions that ensure customer satisfaction. Over 100 customers in more than 70 countries choose Intracom Telecom for its state-of-the-art technology. The company operates subsidiaries in Europe, Russia and the CIS, the Middle East and Africa, Asia and North America. For more information, visit

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Four illegal fishing cases found in Sierra Leone in four days

Four illegal fishing cases have been found during a joint surveillance mission conducted by Greenpeace ( and Sierra Leone fishery authorities. Two Chinese vessels and one Korean vessel have been arrested for infringements of Sierra Leone fishing legislation, including possessing or using illegal fishing nets on board, no visible marking and a lack of required paperwork, including log books and authorisation for unloading catch. Fishing authorities ordered the vessels to return to Freetown port for further investigation. A fourth vessel, owned by an Italian company, was found with four kilograms of shark fins on board. Though not illegal under Sierra Leonean laws, this is a clear violation of European Union (EU) fishing rules. This boat’s case will be taken further with relevant EU authorities.

In addition, more than 70 bags of shark carcasses were found on one of the Chinese vessels.

Greenpeace and Sierra Leonean authorities inspected and boarded seven vessels during a four day joint surveillance of Sierra Leonean seas. These included three Chinese vessels, two EU vessels, one Korean vessel, and one Senegalese vessel with Korean investment. More than half of the inspected vessels are suspected of illegal fishing activity.

Ahmed Diame, Greenpeace Africa Oceans campaigner, said: “The findings from just four days of surveillance in Sierra Leone are further evidence that West Africa needs to strengthen its fisheries management. The region’s marine resources are being depleted at alarming rates, mainly due to too many boats competing for too few fish, and high rates of illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing. This ongoing plunder is a threat to millions of people in the region who depend on the oceans for their food.”

Currently, 140 vessels are licenced to operate in Sierra Leonean waters, including tuna purse seiners, demersal and shrimp trawlers and shrimps and mid-water trawlers targeting pelagic fish like sardinella and mackerel. Nearly half of all vessels in the country’s waters are owned by Chinese companies, and 40% by European Union companies.

Pan Wenjing, Greenpeace East Asia oceans campaigner, said: “From talking to Chinese captains during the inspections, it is evident that they have a very limited understanding of local fisheries legislation. Given that almost half of the foreign fishing vessels in Sierra Leone are Chinese, this is a major concern. These vessels need much stricter supervision. In addition, Chinese fishing companies need to supply training on local legislation to all overseas staff.”

Nearly one million of Sierra Leone’s population of seven million depend on fish as a main part of their income and diet. Overfishing and illegal fishing are a direct threat to their food security and livelihoods.

Greenpeace is demanding a stronger fisheries management to help put an end to overfishing and illegal fishing in West Africa. Governments of coastal states and fishing nations must take more responsibility and work together to manage both foreign and local fishing activities and ensure the environmentally sustainable and socially equitable distribution of these resources.

Details on the vessels engaged in illegal, unreported and unregulated fishing activities:

F/V Eighteen:

The Italian vessel was inspected on April 15th 2017, and shark fins with a total weight of four kilograms were found on board.

Unlike many other countries, such as neighbouring Guinea, shark finning is not yet listed as illegal under the current Sierra Leonean fishery legislation. A new legislation which prohibits finning has not yet come into force. However, according to European Council regulation (EC) No 1185/2003, it is illegal for an EU vessel to have shark fins on board, regardless of whether if it is fishing in EU or foreign waters. [1]

F/V Eighteen is owned by the Italian company Asaro, which is based in Sicily. Sierra Leonean authorities have documented and sealed the bag of shark fins and required the captain to keep the sealed fins on board as evidence.


The vessel was inspected on April 15th 2017, and attempted to escape as the Esperanza approached. The vessel was hiding its name and in possession of a fishing net with illegal mesh size on board, both of which are illegal under Sierra Leonean law.

According to Sierra Leonean fishery legislation, the mesh size for pelagic and demersal fishing should be 60 millimeters and above. The fishing net found on board CONA was 51-52 millimeters.

CONA is a Korean vessel. Sierra Leonean authorities confiscated the fishing license, captain’s passport, along with other navigation documents, and required the vessel to return Freetown port immediately for further investigation.

Fu Hai Yu 1111:

The vessel was inspected on April 17th 2017, and attempted escape as the Esperanza approached. Two hidden nets with illegal mesh size were found, one in the freezer and the other in a locked container. The captain tried to muddle the inspection with a brand new legal net.

More than 1400 boxes of catch were found in the freezer on board. The captain claimed all the catch had been unloaded in Liberia. However, the vessel didn’t have the required official authorization from the Minister of Fishery and Marine Resource of Sierra Leone for unloading its catch outside the country, which constitutes an infraction of local legislation. Further research is being done to ascertain whether this authorisation has been given to the company.

During the inspection, no log book was found on board, making it impossible to verify the catch.

70 bags of sharks were found in the boat’s freezer, which the captain claimed would be shipped back to Fujian, China. Current legislation does not penalise sharks being caught as a bycatch, although shark populations are severely impacted by fishing.

Sierra Leonean authorities confiscated the fishing license, crew’s passports, and other navigation documents, and required the vessel to return Freetown port immediately for further investigation.

Fu Hai Yu 2222:

The vessel was inspected on April 17th 2017. A piece of fishing net with illegal mesh size was found on board, which the captain claimed was not used for fishing. However, possessing fishing nets with smaller mesh size on board is considered illegal.

No logbook was found on board the Fu Hai Yu 2222. The captain could not provide a precise amount of catch, instead estimating 3500 boxes, which did not match with the estimation of the fisheries observer on board. The captain claimed that catch had been unloaded in Liberia. This, however, is illegal without the official authorization signed by the Minister of Fishery and Marine Resource of Sierra Leone.

Both Fu Hai Yu vessels are owned by the Fuhai Fishing Company.

Distributed by APO on behalf of Greenpeace.

Notes to editors:
The Esperanza, is on an expedition in West Africa to document the threat from overfishing to the marine environment and food security for millions of Africans depending on fish. The crew on board with the support of fishing authorities from coastal countries in the West Africa aim to reduce the number of vessels fishing illegally or committing different offense. The Esperanza will continue to engage in joint surveillance with local authorities until the beginning of May.

● Contact onboard the Esperanza: Pavel Klinckhamers, project leader, Greenpeace Netherlands,, +31 107130874
● International media enquiries: Christina Koll, communications coordinator, Greenpeace Nordic,, +45 28109021
● African media enquiries: Bakary Coulibaly, communications officer, Greenpeace Africa, Senegal office,, +221 773336265
● Chinese media enquiries: Tengfei Xu, communications officer, Greenpeace East Asia Beijing Office,, +86 18601277872

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Nine African Ministries to participate at the annual Africa Energy Forum in Copenhagen this June

African Ministries from Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Botswana, Burkina Faso, Ethiopia, Gabon, Madagascar, Morocco, Rwanda and Zimbabwe have confirmed to attend the Africa Energy Forum (AEF) ( to date, which is set to welcome 2,000 decision-makers in Africa’s energy sector to Copenhagen this June. AEF is the annual meeting point for Africa’s energy sector for decision-makers to explore investment opportunities, form partnerships and sign deals.

His Excellency Dr Matusila Malungeni, Minister of Energy and Hydraulic Resources, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) is the latest to confirm his attendance. With the objective of securing positive economic & social outcomes for the DRC, the Minister will present short, medium and long term solutions to achieve the country’s electrification aims, discussing proposed tax relief plans for thermal energy suppliers, incentives and support for investors, and strategies to raise funds to explore the country’s hydropower potential. “We will aim to raise funds for feasibility studies for more than 500 potential sites throughout the country for hydro and solar power in order to better attract investors.”

A platform for African Students

To provide a platform to the energy leaders of tomorrow, the EnergyNet ( Student Engagement Initiative (ESEI) returns to the Africa Energy Forum this year, flying a selection of best-in-class African law, finance and engineering students to meet sector leaders and explore future employment opportunities. The programme has sponsored 63 African students to date, working closely with universities and partners Aggreko and Norton Rose Fulbright to provide onsite training workshops and meeting opportunities with African Ministers of Energy.

Off grid energy at the Africa Energy Forum

“The Africa Energy Forum focuses primarily on large scale power projects, supporting the public and private sectors to get projects off the ground and connected to the grid. However, given that 600 million people live without access to basic energy in Africa, increasingly investors are looking off grid to the areas not serviced by national grids taken for granted in developing countries,” commented Simon Gosling, Managing Director of EnergyNet.

To address this demand, the Africa Energy Forum 2017 will see the return of the Off the Grid Village area as a destination and networking hub for the Energy Access and Off Grid Community. The area will feature exhibition stands for leading off grid companies, dedicated networking functions and an off grid agenda stream hosting panels, workshops demonstrations and seminars to showcase leading off grid solutions, services and expertise.

Distributed by APO on behalf of EnergyNet Ltd..

About the Africa Energy Forum:
Contact: Amy Offord – Marketing Manager
Event dates: 7-9 June 2017
Event location: Bella Center, Copenhagen, Denmark
Organisers: EnergyNet, part of Clarion Events Ltd
Tel: +44 (0)20 7384 8068

About EnergyNet:
EnergyNet ( arranges investment forums, investment meetings and conferences focusing on the energy and industrial sectors in emerging markets, including both conventional and sustainable energy. For more information please visit

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World Bank Group Launches New Program to Support Africa’s Top Digital Entrepreneurs

The World Bank Group ( launched XL Africa (, a five-month business acceleration program designed to support the 20 most promising digital start-ups from Sub-Saharan Africa. Start-ups will receive mentoring from global and local experts, learn through a tailor-made curriculum, increase their regional visibility, and get access to potential corporate partners and investors. With support from prominent African investment groups, XL Africa will help the 20 selected start-ups attract early stage capital between $250,000 and $1.5 million.

“Digital start-ups are important drivers of innovation in Africa,” says Makhtar Diop, Vice President for the Africa Region at the World Bank. “To scale and spread new technologies and services beyond borders, they need an integrated ecosystem that provides access to regional markets and global finance; pan-African initiatives like XL Africa play a critical role by linking local start-ups with corporations and investors across the continent.”

The program comes at a time of increasing interest in the African digital sector. According to a recent report by Disrupt Africa, in 2016, the number of tech start-ups that secured funding increased by 16.8% compared to 2015.

“XL Africa aims to put a spotlight on the continent’s growing digital economy by scouting for and supporting the most innovative tech start-ups,” said Klaus Tilmes, Director of the Trade & Competitiveness Global Practice at the World Bank Group. “The success of these ventures will create a demonstration effect that can attract much-needed growth investment in the sector and catalyze scaling of transnational businesses in the region.”

The program’s flagship activity includes a two-week residency in Cape Town, South Africa, where the ventures will have the opportunity to interact with and learn from their mentors, peers, and local partners. The Cape Town residency will conclude with the Venture Showcase, a regional event in which the entrepreneurs will present their business models to a select audience of corporations and investors.

“The program’s unique combination of targeted mentorship and access to investors represents a vital resource for digital ventures ready to grow,” said Lexi Novitske, Principal Investment Officer for Singularity Investments, a venture group based in Lagos, Nigeria. “By connecting innovative business ideas with the knowledge and resources available in the ecosystem, XL Africa will create a pipeline of investment-ready companies, unlocking better investment opportunities for regional and global investors.”

The program will collaborate with prominent African investment groups, including the African Business Angel Network (ABAN), AngelHub Ventures, Goodwell Investments, Knife Capital, Nest Africa, Silvertree Capital, Singularity Investments, South African Business Angel Network (SABAN), TLcom Capital, Zephyr Acorn and 4Di Capital, and corporate partners, such as Orange, .Eco, Ringier, and Thomson Reuters.

Interested companies can apply online on the XL Africa website by Monday, June 12, 2017.

XL Africa is funded by the governments of Finland, Norway, and Sweden, and administered by the World Bank Group with implementation support from IMC Worldwide, VC4A, and Koltai & Co.

Distributed by APO on behalf of The World Bank Group.

Nicola Vesco, World Bank Group
+1 (202) 458-2405

Natalia Pipia, Program Lead, XL Africa

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