IoT network to support African e-vehicle rollout

M Auto, a leading provider of electric mobility solutions in Africa, says it is utilizing secure, intelligent IoT connectivity from Aeris, a global IoT solutions provider, to help enable sustainable transportation across the continent.

M Auto is now the largest electric vehicle start-up in Africa, with 2,000 e-bikes on the ground and 3,000 bikes ready for market. M Auto is also investing in manufacturing and deploying e-bikes across the continent.

Togo and Benin are the first two countries to go live. M Auto is launching two new operations before the end of 2022 and long-term plans include expanding into the rest of Africa. 

M Auto utilizes the Aeris Intelligent IoT Network to deploy its devices faster and Aeris’ support services to scale more quickly into new markets. In addition, Aeris says, the continued expansion of M Auto in Africa is boosted by the Aeris Intelligent IoT Network, which provides a robust platform with reliable connectivity everywhere to help build and scale innovative IoT programmes including sustainable mobility solutions.

Aeris says its global subscriber identity module (SIM), which is deployed at the point of manufacture, enables M Auto to reduce its supply chain costs and solution deployment time.

Mohsen Mohseninia, VP Market Development, EU at Aeris says: “Aeris’ ability to offer secure, intelligent IoT connectivity at the most optimized total cost of ownership ensures that M Auto’s e-bikes are operational and reliable regardless of where they are deployed in Africa.”

M Auto’s vision is to replace all African motorcycles powered by an internal combustion engine with electric by 2030 and create an e-mobility experience that is sustainable, affordable, digitally enabled, and offers an unparalleled mileage range via swappable charging battery stations.


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Startup Stories: addressing the skills gap by practicing telco cloud technologies anywhere

Startup Story

Developing workforce skills is an ongoing issue for CSP’s. LabLabee have developed the first telco cloud interactive learning platform, enabling employees to gain the skills they need while saving money, effort, headaches, and months of time. LabLabee partners with you and helps you prepare the migration of telco to the cloud, with dedicated and tailored labs without any client constraints. This is their Startup Story.

Tell us about your start up
LabLabee is an interactive, on-demand, and gamified telco cloud-based skills platform. Telco cloud is a new solution revolutionizing how applications are created, delivered and how the world communicates.

As “Learning Catalysers”, LabLabee believes its role is to make learning and training on these technologies easier, more accessible and more attractive for both students and professionals.
Theory has never been enough and that is why LabLabee promises to deliver real-world practice with real-world use cases, built, validated and reviewed by telco cloud experts. The problem is global, and we are a SaaS platform

What is your USP?
Today if you want a lab, you have to buy very expensive hardware and you have to add cost of installation and maintenance

What is your relationship with the telecom sector?
We are helping telcos and industrials to adopt Telco Cloud through an online virtual skills platform

How have you got to your current stage of development?
LabLabee has recently announced their first funding round. Details are here

Why did you establish the business?
We faced the issue to get labs in Telco multiple times as engineer, manager and expert. If you compare with computer science, if you want to start in python dev you can get online terminal and start to work with use cases, in Telco it is quick difficult

What does the future hold for your business
Create a marketplace of virtual labs in Telco Cloud space, you can compare between the 5G of Nokia and Huawei from one single platform

LAST FUNDING TYPE: Preseed 1.4M – Lead brighteye
Samir Tahraoui
Mahfoud Sidi Ali Mebarek

You can meet LabLabee in the Startup Village at Total Telecom Congress in London, 1-2 November 2022. To confirm your seat for the event visit

Oman-Australia cable ready for service

The Oman-Australia undersea cable linking Perth and Muscat, is, according to the company that built it, ready for service.

The Oman Australia Cable (OAC) — a 9,800-kilometre system manufactured and installed by undersea cable specialist SUB.CO — has landing points in Perth, Australia, West Island, Cocos (Keeling) Islands, and Muscat, Oman.

According to a report in the Oman Daily Observer, a key differentiator for the cable is said to be its route. It is described as the first fully diverse cable between EMEA and Asia that avoids the Malacca Straight. This is a narrow stretch of water between Indonesia and Malaysia that has a high level of seismic and marine activity causing regular outages on submarine cable.

OAC is Australia’s first express subsea cable to Europe, the Middle East, and Africa, creating a pathway of diverse connectivity from Australia to Oman, Europe, and onwards. A cross-connection to the Indigo cable system gives SUB.CO a route from Australia to Europe and the USA.

The Indigo cable system spans 9,200 kilometres, and consists of two 4,600 kilometre cable projects, Indigo West, connecting Singapore to Perth via Jakarta, and Indigo Central, connecting Perth to Sydney.

The OAC is a three-fibre pair system with an option to upgrade to four fibre pairs based upon final demand. SUB.CO expects another month of testing before OAC takes on commercial traffic.


Optus confirms 2.1 million customers affected by cyberattack


Following a cyberattack on Australian telco Optus last week, the operator has now confirmed that at least 2.1 million customers have been exposed because of the data breach.

In a statement made today, Kelly Bayer Rosmarin, CEO of Optus, detailed the actions that the company has undertaken post-attack to discover the extent of the damage.

Whilst it was feared that up to 9.8 million individuals could have been affected, the analysis of the breach has revealed that 2.1 million customers had an ID number exposed and now may need to take further action. The ID numbers of 900,000 of those exposed had expired and Optus is still consulting with relevant authorities over whether further steps will be required in those cases. Bayer Rosmarin confirmed that all affected customers have been contacted by Optus.

Optus has since commissioned Deloitte to carry out an independent review of the data breach. The board of Singtel-owned Optus unanimously supported Bayer Rosmarin’s call for the review.