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Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s Fibre Inventory Reaches 5,000-Km

The inventory of fibre optic networks in Guinea reached 5,000-km by March 2019, with network operators having deployed 988-km of fibre optic network, and the national fibre backbone reaching 4,050-km. The capital city Conakry has been connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable since December 2012, the first international submarine cable to land in Guinea Conakry (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable).

According to its 2018 annual report, the Autorité de Régulation de Postes et Télécommunication (ARPT) reports that the total length of fibre optic network deployed by network operators reached 987.7-km in 2018, a 72% increase compared to 521.8-km in 2017 and 408-km in 2016. Seven operators have deployed fibre: Orange (388-km in 2018, 196.9-km in 2017, 158.8-km in 2016), VDC (333.1-km in 2018, 130.7-km in 2017, 84.9-km in 2016), MTN (110.5-km in 2018, 87.8-km in 2017, 64.3-km in 2016), Intercel (46.2-km in 2018, 2017, and 2016), ETI (45.2-km in 2018, 39.4-km in 2017, 32.9-km in 2016), and Skyvision (0.7-km in 2018, 2017, and 2016).

Speaking during March 2019, the Director General of the Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB) said that 90% of the 4,500-km national fibre optic backbone has been completed (4,050-km). This compared to 3,138-km that had been completed by July 2018 (see Guinea Conakry: 3,138-Km Of national Fibre Backbone Completed), and 1,200-km by the end of 2016 (see Guinea Conakry: First 1,200-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Planned For Completion By End 2016). The government awarded the contract to Huawei to deploy the national fibre backbone in December 2012 (see Guinea Conakry: Huawei Wins USD 238 Million Contract To Deploy National Fibre Backbone), and Huawei started construction in July 2015 (see Guinea Conakry: National Fibre Backbone Due For Completion In 2017).

In addition, once completed the Organisation pour la Mise en Valeur du fleuve Gambie (the Gambia River Basin Development Organization) (OMVG) Interconnection Project will add a further 575-km of fibre network. The OMVG Interconnection Project will build 1,677-km of electricity transmission network in The Gambia (183-km), Guinea (575-km), Guinea Bissau (218-km) and Senegal (701-km) to enable the trade of electricity between these countries. This electricity transmission network will also contain fibre optic cables (24 fibre pairs) in one of the groundwires (OPGW), and excess fibre capacity will be available for renting to telecom operators.

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

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