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Equatorial Guinea: GITGE Plans Expansion Of RNFO National Fibre Backbone


GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial) has published an update on the deployment of its National Fibre Optic Network, the Red Nacional de Fibra Óptica (RNFO). The backbone, inaugurated in 2014, currently connects 19 cities according to GITGE: three on the island of Bioko (Malabo, Luba and Riaba) and the other 16 in mainland Equatorial Guinea (Bata, Machinda, Niefang, Nkimi, Nkue, Micomeseng, Bidjabijan, Ebibeyin, Ayene, Anisoc, Mongomeyen, Mongomo, Oyala, Evinayong, Bicurga) (see also Equatorial Guinea: Government Inaugurates 1,000-Km National Fibre Optic Backbone).

According to an update GITGE published in December 2018, the RNFO network will be extended to reach the towns of Asok, Akonibe, Nsok, Oveng, Acurenam, Midjobo, Nkoho, Cogo, the island of Annobon, Mbini, Mboete, Cabo San Juan, and Corisco. During September 2018, GITGE announced that it has started the deployment of the 263-km long Ultramar submarine cable connecting Sao Tomé (the capital city of Sao Tomé and Principe) with Annobon in Equatorial Guinea (see Equatorial Guinea: Sao Tomé & Principe: GITGE Begins Deployment Of Ultramar Submarine Cable Connecting Sao Tomé To Annobon, Equatorial Guinea). A further update published by GITGE in February 2019 shows a second new submarine cable called Mandji which will connect the island of Corisco to Cabo San Juan.

GITGE is currently connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable which entered service in December 2012 (see also Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable), the CEIBA-1 cable connecting Malabo (the capital) to the mainland at Bata which was completed in October 2009 (see Equatorial Guinea: GETESA Completes Submarine Cable Connecting Bata to Mainland), and the CEIBA-2 submarine cable system also connecting Malabo to Bata and Kribi (Cameroon) which entered which entered service in March 2017 (see Equatorial Guinea: CEIBA-2 Submarine Cable Enters Service).

GITGE says that the CEIBA-2 submarine cable fulfils two objectives: it protects the CEIBA-1 submarine cable between Bata and Malabo, and because it has a branch to Kribi in Cameroon also acts as second international connection point for Equatorial Guinea. In June 2018, GITGE notably signed an agreement with the SAIL consortium to acquire capacity on the SAIL (South Atlantic Inter Link) submarine cable, running from Kribi to Fortaleza (Brazil) which was completed in September 2018 (see Cameroon: Installation of SAIL Submarine Cable Linking Cameroon To Brazil Completed). According to a company press release, the SAIL cable has a capacity of 32 Tbps, of which 8 Tbps will be connected to Bata (Equatorial Guinea), and the connection from Bata is due to take place in the first semester of 2019.

Source: GITGE, GITGE Twitter

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