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Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s Fibre Inventory Reaches 5,541-km, International Bandwidth Reaches 35.7 Gbps

The inventory of fibre optic networks in Guinea reached 5,541-km by March 2020, with network operators having deployed 1,189-km of fibre optic network, and the national fibre backbone operated by Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB) reaching 4,352-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 (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). The Autorité de Régulation de Postes et Télécommunication (ARPT) also reports that Guinea’s international Internet bandwidth increased to 35.693 Gbps in 2019.

According to its 2019 annual report, ARPT reports that the total length of fibre optic network deployed by network operators reached 1,189.4-km in 2019, a 26% increase compared to 944-km in 2018, 521.8-km in 2017 and 408-km in 2016 (see also Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s Fibre Inventory Reaches 5,000-Km). Seven operators have deployed fibre optic networks. Orange notably increased its network to 613.4-km, compared to 388-km in 2018, 196.9-km in 2017, and 158.8-km in 2016. Otherwise VDC had 335.4-km in 2019 (333.1-km in 2018, 130.7-km in 2017, 84.9-km in 2016), MTN had 118.8-km (110.5-km in 2018, 87.8-km in 2017, 64.3-km in 2016), Intercel had 46.2-km (46.2-km in 2018, 2017, and 2016), ETI had 54.7-km (45.2-km in 2018, 39.4-km in 2017, 32.9-km in 2016), Mouna Group had 20.2-km (20.2-km in 2018, 20.2-km in 2017) and Skyvision (0.7-km in 2018, 2017, and 2016).

Guinea’s 4,352-km national fibre optic backbone was completed during Q1 2020, according to SOGEB (see Guinea Conakry: 4,352-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Completed). This compared to a total deployed length of 4,050-km by Q1 2019, 3,138-km by Q2 2018, and 1,200-km by the end of 2016. 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), in December 2012 the government awarded the contract to Huawei (see Guinea Conakry: Huawei Wins USD 238 Million Contract To Deploy National Fibre Backbone), and in July 2015 Huawei started construction of the network (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.

The ARPT also reports that Guinea’s international Internet bandwidth reached 35.693 Gbps in 2019 according to its 2019 annual report, split between Orange which had 21.375 Gbps, MTN 6.753 Gbps, Cellcom 2.155 Gbps, Mouna Group 2.5 Gbps, ETI 1.310 Gbps, VDC 1 Gbps, and Skyvision 600 Mbps. This total of 35.693 Gbps is nearly ten times the bandwidth of 3.72 Gbps reported in December 2013, following the entry into service of the ACE submarine cable in December 2012 (see Guinea: Guinea’s International Bandwidth Reaches 3.72 Gbps, December 2013). Before the ACE cable entered service, Guinea Conakry had an inbound international Internet bandwidth of 120 Mbps in August 2010 (see Guinea: Guinea Conakry Reaches 120 Mbps International Bandwidth). At that time, Guinea was connected by a microwave link to neighbouring Guinea Bissau, which in turn is connected with a terrestrial fibre link to Senegal, but was otherwise dependent on satellite for its international bandwidth.

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

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