Tanzania: Tanzania’s International Bandwidth Reaches 327 Gbps, Sept 2022

Tanzania’s international Internet bandwidth capacity reached 327 Gbps by September 2022, according to statistics published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). TCRA reported a total available international Internet capacity of 610 Gbps, of which 327 Gbps was activated. The regulator also reported a total of 31.057 million mobile wireless subscribers, 60,368 fixed wired broadband subscribers, and 4,978 fixed wireless broadband subscribers in September 2022. Three submarine cables currently land in Tanzania: SEACOM, EASSy, and SEAS. Source: TCRA  Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,880-Km

Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom has reported that its fibre optic network reached 10,880-km in its 2022 annual report. The operator’s fibre deployment in the capital city Nairobi and at least 19 other towns across Kenya increased by 800-km in the year to March 2022 compared with 10,080-km in 2021, 9,000-km in 2020, 6,700-km in 2019, and 5,000-km in 2018 (see also Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,880-Km). The operator also said that it’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network had reached 18,886 connections, and that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 364,980 homes, of which 193,059 homes were connected. Safaricom first announced plans to build its own terrestrial fibre optic network ten years ago in November 2011, and began the roll out of its metro fibre network during 2013 (see Kenya: Safaricom Plans To Build Its Own Terrestrial Fibre Optic Network in Kenya). In October 2017, Safaricom announced that it had started an FTTH Regional Roll Out Plan to expand... Read More →

South Africa: Vumatel’s FTTH Network Reaches 33,000-Km

Vumatel’s residential Fibre-to-the-Home (FTTH) network in South Africa reached 33,000-km by March 2022, according to Remgro’s 2022 annual report, compared to 27,500-km by March 2021, 18,000-km by March 2020, 16,000-km by March 2019 and 8,000-km in March 2018 (see South Africa: Vumatel Expands FTTH Network To 27,500-Km). During June 2018, the CIV group acquired a 34.9% stake in Vumatel, an open-access last mile fibre provider that provides FTTH products and services to Internet Service Providers (ISPs). After the fibre has been installed, Vumatel leases its infrastructure to ISPs, who then provide broadband retail internet services to the end customers. Meanwhile, Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) had in excess of 13,400-km of fibre assets in the ground and owns fibre networks in Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria, as well as in 24 smaller metros including East London, Polokwane, Tlokwe, Emalahleni and George (see also South Africa: DFA’s Metropolitan and Long-Haul... Read More →

Zimbabwe: BCS Announces Completion Of 1,001-Km Fibre Route Along Railway Lines From Beitbridge – Bulawayo – Victoria Falls

On 21 December 2022 Bandwidth and Cloud Services (BCS), through its Zimbabwe subsidiary Fiber Connections, announced the completion of a new fibre route using the right of way (ROW) along railway lines from Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to Victoria Falls on the border with Zambia (see also DRC: BCS Deploys Submarine Cable Through Lake Tanganyika From Uvira - Kalemie).  Construction of the 1,001-km route began in April 2022, and runs from Beitbridge – Rutenga – Somabhula – Bulawayo – Nyamadhlovu – Sawmills – Dete – Hwange – Victoria Falls. The second phase of the project will see the expansion of this network running along railway lines from Somabhula – Gweru – Harare (the capital), Harare – Mutare, and Bulawayo – Plumtree. According to a company press release, BCS utilised rail plough technology and the build will provide additional fibre gateways into Zimbabwe, improving national fibre connectivity as well as regional connectivity to neighbouring countries. Source:... Read More →

Kenya: PEACE Cable Segments Enter Service From Pakistan – Egypt – Kenya

On 22 December 2022, PEACE (Pakistan East Africa Cable Express) Cable International Network announced that the cable segments between Pakistan, Egypt and Kenya have been completed and are ready to go live for commercial service. The company announced that it had completed construction of all of the Pakistan – Egypt - Kenya segments by November 2022, following the entry into service of the 3,200-km Mediterranean segment in March 2022 connecting Egypt (Abu Talat) to France (Marseille) with additional landing points in Cyprus and Malta (see Egypt: PEACE-MED Mediterranean Submarine Cable Section Enters Service). The 15,000-km PEACE cable connects South Asia (Pakistan) and East Africa (Djibouti and Kenya), with a northern expansion to Egypt (see Africa: Planned PEACE Submarine Cable To Link East Africa With South Asia). In March 2022, the PEACE submarine cable landed in Seychelles at Persévérance, on the north-east coast of Mahé (see Seychelles: PEACE Cable Lands In Seychelles, Due To... Read More →

Liberia: CSquared Announces 350-Km National Fibre Backbone Connecting Monrovia To Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea

On 8 November, CSquared announced a new partnership with the U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) to build a 350-km national fibre backbone in Liberia. According to a press release, the network will extend from the capital city, Monrovia to the borders with Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, crossing more than 13 cities, and enabling the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to reach over one million Liberians and more than 50 businesses and social institutions. The new fibre backbone route will also provide Liberia with critical redundancy to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, currently Liberia's single source for international bandwidth and will become part of CSquared’s West Africa backbone carrying traffic from Liberia through to Nigeria. Liberia has been connected to the ACE submarine cable for ten years since December 2012, but there is currently no national fibre optic backbone network outside the capital city... Read More →

Africa’s International Bandwidth Reaches 26.9 Tbps

Africa’s total inbound international Internet bandwidth reached 26.9 Tbps by December 2021, according to the 2022/23 Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research. This international bandwidth compares to 20.4 Tbps in 2020, and 8.2 Tbps in 2017. The inventory of operational terrestrial fibre optic network reached 1,184,028-km by June 2022, compared to 820,397-km in 2017. And 57.1% of the population in Sub-Saharan Africa (669 million) lived within reach of an operational fibre optic network node, compared to 55.2% (522 million) in 2017. The LIT Fibre Africa Telecom Transmission Map shows the growth of Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) regional fibre optic network from 5,000-km in 2009 to 103,000-km in 2022. This is compared against the operational (“lit”) fibre optic network that was in service across the region in each year from 2009 - 2022. From the Map Layers tab, press the forward or backward play button or drag the slider bar to show the fibre optic network... Read More →

Egypt: Telecom Egypt Inaugurates Red2Med Submarine And Terrestrial Fibre Route

On 26 October 2022, Telecom Egypt and the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT) inaugurated the Red2Med submarine and terrestrial fibre route which runs from the Ras Ghareb cable landing station in the Red Sea to the Port Said cable landing station in the Mediterranean sea. According to a company press release, the Red2Med cable route is composed of three segments which are detached from the conventional public roads: from the south the Red Sea subsea festoon cable linking Ras Ghareb, Zafarana and Suez, then the new 200-km Internet Corridor of Egypt (ICE) terrestrial fibre route from Suez to Port Said through Al Morshedeen Road route on the west bank of the Suez Canal, and finally connecting to the planned Mediterranean Sea subsea festoon cable. During March 2022, Telecom Egypt signed a contract with the Suez Canal Authority in coordination with the Armed Forces Signal Corps to build a new terrestrial fibre route connecting Suez and Port Said through the Al Morshedeen... Read More →

Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire’s International Bandwidth Reaches 292 Gbps, December 2021

Côte d’Ivoire’s utilised international Internet bandwidth reached 291.535 Gbps in December 2021, according to latest statistics released by the regulator ARTCI (Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire). This compared to 660 Gbps of installed international Internet bandwidth. These totals were split between Orange which had 174 Gbps of utilized international bandwidth (360 Gbps equipped), MTN which had 98.8 Gbps utilized (100 Gbps equipped), and MainOne which had 18.755 Gbps utilized (200 Gbps equipped). Five submarine cables now land at Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire): SAT-3, ACE, WACS, MainOne, and Maroc Telecom West Africa cable. The MainOne Cable Company landed a new branch of its submarine cable at Abidjan, which entered service in 2019 (see Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne Announces Submarine Cable Live And Ready For Commercial Service In Côte d’Ivoire). Maroc Telecom, the parent company of mobile operator Moov, landed its West Africa submarine cable in Abdjan... Read More →

South Sudan: South Sudan Signs MoU For Cross-Border Fibre Link With Djibouti

On 20 September 2022, South Sudan and Djibouti signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a cross-border fibre optic link from Juba (the capital) to Djibouti via Ethiopia. The MoU was signed by South Sudan’s Minister of Information Communication Technology and Postal Services, Michael Makuei Lueth, and officials from the government of Djibouti. A technical team will be assembled to deliberate on the project, according to a Ministry press release. In January 2020, Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) completed the construction of a 200-km fibre optic route connecting Juba to the border of Uganda through Nimule (see South Sudan: Liquid Telecom Completes South Sudan’s First International Fibre Link, From Juba to Nimule (Uganda)). This was South Sudan’s first international fibre optic link, and from the border with Uganda connects to LIT’s 70,000-km regional fibre optic network and submarine cables landing in Mombasa (Kenya). South Sudan also signed an MoU with Kenya in 2015... Read More →