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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... Read More →


Botswana: BoFiNet Triples Allocated International Bandwidth During 2018

Botswana Fibre Networks (BoFiNet), the state-owned wholesale provider of both national and international networks in Botswana, said that it more than tripled its allocated international bandwidth during 2018 to 406.46 Gbps by December 2018, from 120.58 Gbps in 2017 and 42.625 Gbps in 2015. BoFiNet owns capacity on the East African Submarine System (EASSy) and West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine cables, which it accesses via terrestrial cross border fibre optic links via South Africa and Namibia. Of this total allocated capacity on these submarine cables, 53% (63.67 Gbps) was reportedly utilised in November 2018, compared to 35% (14.88 Gbps) in 2015. BoFiNet said that in its 2018 annual report that it had increased its allocated capacity on the EASSy cable to 1,332 x STM-1 circuits (206.460 Gbps) by December 2018, compared to 143 x STM-1 (22.165 Gbps) by December 2017, and 143 x STM-1 (22.165 Gbps) by October 2015. It also increased capacity on the WACS cable to 200 Gbps by December... Read More →


South Africa: Telkom Increases National Fibre Network To 163,800-Km, March 2019

Telkom South Africa has reported that its national fibre network reached 163,800-km by March 2019, according to its annual results. This compares to 161,119-km by September 2018, 157,400-km by March 2018, 151,000-km by September 2017, and 149,000-km by March 2017 (see South Africa: Telkom’s National Fibre Network Reaches 157,400-Km, March 2018). Telkom South Africa also reported that it had reached 430,659 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed by March 2019, compared to 356,684 homes passed by March 2018, 219,825 by March 2017 and 81,503 by March 2016. The operator said that 2,390,235 homes were passed with fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) by March 2019, compared to 2,237,057 in March 2018, and 1,991,449 in March 2017. In addition, 7,018 base stations were connected by fibre in March 2019, compared to 6,791 in March 2018, and 5,928 by March 2017. Source: Telkom SA  Read More →


Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso’s International Bandwidth Reaches 37.9 Gbps, December 2018

Burkina Faso’s international Internet bandwidth reached 37.89 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest statistics released by ARCEP (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes), a 70% increase compared to 22.35 Gbps in December 2017. Most of this growth is accounted for by Orange Burkina Faso opening a new cross-border fibre route with Ghana during 2017. This total bandwidth of 37.89 Gbps was split between fixed-line incumbent Onatel with 20.0 Gbps, Orange Burkina Faso with 16.01 Gbps and Telecel Faso with 1.88 Gbps. Onatel’s international bandwidth was previously 13.1 Gbps in December 2017, 10.6 Gbps in December 2016, 5.6 Gbps in 2015, 4.2 Gbps in 2014 and 1.866 Gbps in 2013 (see also Burkina Faso: Onatel’s International Bandwidth Reaches 10.6 Gbps, December 2016). Onatel has diverse international fibre routes to neighbouring countries of Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Mauritania via Mali, and Togo. Meanwhile, Orange Burkina Faso’s international bandwidth... Read More →


Namibia: Namibia’s International Bandwidth Increases By 57% During 2018

Namibia’s international Internet bandwidth reached 103.3 Gbps by December 2018 according to latest data published by CRAN (Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia). This was a 57% increased compared with 65.8 Gbps in 2017, 27.68 Gbps in December 2016, 12.210 Gbps in 2013, and 4.974 Gbps in 2012 (see also Namibia: Namibia’s International Bandwidth Reaches 27.68 Gbps, December 2016). The total bandwidth of 103.3 Gbps in December 2018 was split between Telecom Namibia with 88 Gbps and MTC with 15.3 Gbps; the 65.8 Gbps in 2017 was split between Telecom Namibia with 50.5 Gbps and MTC with 15.3 Gbps. This dramatic increase in bandwidth in Namibia follows the entry into service of the WACS submarine cable which lands during 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). Source: CRAN  Read More →


Namibia: Telecom Namibia Launches Fixed and Mobile Services To Impalila Island

On 22 July 2019, Telecom Namibia announced that it had launched fixed and mobile telecom services to Impalila island, located in the extreme north east of Namibia at the end of the Caprivi Strip, between the Zambezi river bordering with Zambia to the north, and the Chobe river bordering with Botswana to the south. To backhaul services from Impalila, Telecom Namibia said that it installed two high capacity (200 Mbps) IP microwave links, one from Impalila to Lusese, and the other from Lusese to Ngoma. At Ngoma, the microwave link is connected to the fibre optic link which connects to Katima Mulilo established in 2012/3. Telecom Namibia installed 2G and 3G mobile equipment to provide mobile voice and data services, WiMAX FDD equipment to provide fixed wireless voice and data services, and a Multi-Service Access Node (MSAN) using an overhead fibre optic cable with GPON capability to provide high speed data services to government offices, ministries and agencies and selected lodges on the island.... Read More →


South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Network Expands To 11,190-Km

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 11,190-km by September 2018, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 10,554-km by March 2018, 9,854-km by March 2017, 9,144-km by March 2016, 8,353-km in March 2015 and 5,251-km in March 2012 (see also South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,554-Km). DFA began rolling out its network in October 2007, building fibre rings in metropolitan areas, selected long-haul routes, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) networks. The operator owns fibre network rings in the major metropolitan centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria and has expanded to a further 21 smaller metros, including East London, Polokwane, Tlokwe, Emalahleni and George. The long-haul network connects the major metropolitan centres to submarine cable landing points at Mtunzini (SEACOM and EASSy), Melkbosstrand (SAT-3) and... Read More →


Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network Reaches 6,700-Km

Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom has reported in its 2019 annual report that its fibre optic network in Kenya has now reached 6,700-km. The operator’s fibre deployment in the capital city Nairobi and other towns across Kenya compares with 5,500-km by March 2019, 5,000-km in March 2018, 4,190-km in March 2017, 3,236-km in March 2016, 2,010-km by March 2015, and 770-km in March 2014 (see also Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 5,500-Km). The operator also said that it’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network reached 2,400 buildings and 6,800 enterprises in 19 towns, and that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 297,885 homes, of which 107,762 homes were connected. During the current financial year, Safaricom said that it upgraded the capacity on its fibre network from 100G to 400G. Safaricom first announced plans to build its own terrestrial fibre optic network in November 2011, and during 2013 began a 5 year program to build its own nationwide metro fibre... Read More →


Senegal: Orange Marine Deploys MainOne Cable Branches To Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire)

On 31 August 2019, the MainOne Cable Company confirmed that an Orange Marine cable laying ship was in the process of deploying branches from the MainOne submarine cable system to additional landing points in Dakar (Senegal) and Abidjan (Cote d’Ivoire). According to a company press release, MainOne confirmed that the cable is scheduled to land in Dakar in September 2019, and in Abidjan in October 2019. The cable landing stations have already been built in both Dakar and Abidjan and are ready for installation of equipment, and the commercial launch of the system is scheduled for November 2019. In September 2018, Orange and MainOne signed an agreement for the construction and installation of these two new branches and landing points in Dakar and Abidjan (see Senegal: Orange And MainOne Sign Agreement To Land The MainOne Cable In Dakar). Through this partnership Orange will acquire multiple Tbps of additional capacity on the MainOne cable, according to a company press release. Orange will... Read More →


Nigeria: MTN Nigeria’s Fibre Network Reaches 25,800-Km, May 2019

MTN Nigeria has announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 25,800-km, according to an investor presentation in May 2019. This total compares with 24,658-km in April 2018 (see Nigeria: MTN Nigeria’s Fibre Network Reaches 24,658-Km, April 2018), 12,490-km in March 2016, 10,432-km in March 2013, 9,738-km in December 2012, and 9,077-km in December 2011 (see also Nigeria: MTN Nigeria Extends Fibre Backbone By 1,312-Km During 2011). The operator said that it also leases 3,000-km of aerial fibre from Phase 3 Telecom, and over 150-km from Multi-Links (MLTC). Source: MTN  Read More →