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Guinea Conakry: 3,138-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Completed

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On 5 November 2018, the Ministères des Postes, des Télécommunications & de l’Économie Numérique (MPTEN) published an update on the deployment of the 4,000-km national fibre backbone by the Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB). Dated as at July 2018, the progress map shows that 3,138-km of the fibre optic backbone has been completed, with 1,236-km still under construction. This includes 2,822-km of fibre backbone routes which have been accepted by July 2018, 316-km of routes in which the fibre was finished, 289-km of routes in which civil works have been completed, and 947-km of routes in which civil works were still underway.

During April 2018, the regulator Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (ARPT) provided an update in its 2017 report, showing that the 360-km fibre route running from Kankan – Kerouane – Beyla – N’Zérékoré had been completed. ARPT also said that the route from Faranah – Kissidougou – Guéckedou – Macenta - N’Zérékoré was 90% complete, and the route from Boké – Gaoual – Kounsitel – Popodara - Labé route was 92% complete. In addition, ARPT also confirmed that the routes from Conakry – Mamou, Mamou – Labé, Mamou – Kankan, and Conakry – Boké had also been 100% completed (see Guinea Conakry: National Fibre Backbone Route Between Kankan – N’Zérékoré Completed).

During October 2017, the Director General of SOGEB gave an update on the deployment of the national fibre optic backbone (see Guinea Conakry: Further National Fibre Backbone Routes Completed, Remaining Routes To Be Finished By End 2017). According to reports, the following fibre optic routes had been completed and delivered at that time: Conakry (the capital) – Mamou, Mamou – Labé, Mamou – Kankan, Conakry – Boké, Mamou – Faranah, Kolaboui – Kamsar, and Tanéné – Fria. In addition, the civil engineering works have reportedly been completed for the following routes: Kankan - Nzerekore, Kankan - Mandiana, Kouroussa – Siguiri - Kouremale, Faranah – Kissidougou - Ouamou, Guéckedou – Bofossou - Macenta, Coyah – Forécariah – Farmoreyah, and Boké – Gaoual – Koundara.

The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information Technologies first announced plans to deploy the national fibre backbone in February 2012 (see Guinea Conakry: Guinea Plans 4,000-Km National Fibre Backbone), and in December 2012 the government awarded the contract to Huawei (see Guinea Conakry: Huawei Wins USD 238 Million Contract To Deploy National Fibre Backbone). Huawei started construction of the 4,000-km national fibre optic backbone in July 2015, according to statements issued by the Government of Guinea and Huawei (see Guinea Conakry: National Fibre Backbone Due For Completion In 2017). By October 2016, the regional director of Huawei said that the first 1,200-km of the 4,000-km national fibre optic backbone was due to be completed by the end of 2016, including the routes from Conakry (the capital) – Mamou, Mamou – Labé, Mamou – Kankan, and Conakry – Boké (see Guinea Conakry: First 1,200-Km Of national Fibre Backbone Planned For Completion By End 2016).

Source: Ministères des Postes, des Télécommunications & de l’Économie Numérique (MPTEN)

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