Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Increases By 72% During 2023

Burundi’s international Internet bandwidth reached 26.130 Gbps in December 2023, according to latest statistics published by the Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT). The bandwidth of 26.130 Gbps in December 2023 was a 72% annual increase compared to 15.210 Gbps in 2022, 12.152 Gbps in 2021, 9.254 Gbps in 2020, 8.332 Gbps in 2019, and 6.425 Gbps in 2018 (see Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Reaches 15.2 Gbps, Dec 2022). Two operators provide international fibre connectivity to Burundi, Burundi Backbone System (BBS) and Viettel Burundi (Lumitel). Source: ARCT  Read More →

Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 75% During 2023

Rwanda’s equipped inbound international Internet bandwidth reached 328.384 Gbps in December 2023, according to latest figures published by the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency (RURA). This was a 75% increase compared to 187.954 Gbps in December 2022, 155.127 Gbps in 2021, 125.510 Gbps in 2020, 98.480 Gbps in 2019, 54.874 Gbps in 2018, and 25.370 Gbps in 2017 (see Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Reaches 188 Gbps In 2022). Just over half of this equipped international bandwidth was actually utilized: according to RURA, Rwanda’s used international bandwidth was 185.270 Gbps in December 2023, compared to 108.273 Gbps in December 2022, compared to 80.013 Gbps in December 2021. Source: RURA  Read More →

Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Increases By 84% To Reach 8 Tbps During 2023

Kenya’s utilized international Internet bandwidth reached 8,042.08 Gbps in December 2023, according to latest statistics released by the Communications Authority of Kenya (CA), an 84% increase compared to 4,364.13 Gbps in December 2022. Kenya’s utilized international bandwidth was 8,011.473 Gbps in September, 6,722.622 Gbps in June, and 5,162.023 Gbps in March 2023 according to the CA (see Kenya’s International Bandwidth Increases By 48% To Reach 4.4 Tbps By Dec 2022). This total 8,042.08 Gbps in December 2023 was split between 8,041.632 Gbps supplied by submarine cable and 0.448 Gbps supplied by satellite. In its latest quarterly report, CA says that in addition to 8,041.632 Gbps of international bandwidth used in Kenya, 2.953.82 Gbps was also sold to other countries. Source: Communications Authority of Kenya  Read More →

Algeria: Algeria’s International Bandwidth Reaches 3.360 Tbps, Dec 2023

Algeria’s international Internet bandwidth reached 3.360 Tbps by December 2023, according to latest statistics released by L'Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE). This was a 4% increase compared to 3.220 Tbps in 2022, 2.000 Tbps in 2021, 1.710 Tbps in 2020, 1.150 Tbps in 2019, and 1.050 Tbps in 2018, according to ARPCE (see Algeria: Algeria’s International Bandwidth Increases By 61% During 2022). Source: ARPCE  Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network Reaches 14,000-Km

Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom has reported that its fibre optic network reached 14,000-km in its 2023 annual report. The operator’s fibre deployment in the capital city Nairobi and at least 19 other towns across Kenya increased by 3,120-km during the year, compared with 10,880-km in 2022, 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 20,602 connections, and that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 465,558 homes, of which 275,657 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... Read More →

Africa: Four West African Submarine Cables Damaged, Causing Temporary Internet Outages Across Twelve Countries

On 14 March 2024, network operators reported that four submarine cables had been damaged off the coast of Abidjan, Côte d’Ivoire. These were the ACE, Main One, SAT-3 and WACS submarine cables, which run from South Africa and Nigeria to Europe and supply the bulk of Internet connectivity to West Africa. The breaks to these cables resulted in nationwide Internet outages in twelve countries across the region, with capacity incrementally returning as Internet traffic was restored via other cable systems until these damaged four cables can be repaired during April. “On Thursday, March 14, 2024, at 7:43 GMT, we experienced a fault on the MainOne network,” confirmed Main One in a press release. “Preliminary findings and further investigations revealed that the fault occurred most probably due to environmental factors such as landslides and earthquakes, that resulted in a cut on our submarine cable system, in the Atlantic Ocean, offshore Cote D’Ivoire, along the coast of West Africa.... Read More →

Africa: Bayobab’s Regional Fibre Network Reaches 114,000-km, Dec 2023

Bayobab (formerly MTN GlobalConnect) announced on 25 March 2024 that its total terrestrial fibre optic inventory across Africa reached 114,000-km by 31 December 2023, according to the operator’s year-end financial results. Last year, MTN GlobalConnect previously reported a total fibre inventory of 105,157-km by December 2022, 100,000-km in 2021, and 85,000-km in 2020 (see Africa: MTN GLobalConnect Increases Fibre Inventory To 105,157-Km, December 2022). The operator also announced that it has acquired operating licences in Uganda, Côte d’Ivoire, and Central African Republic (CAR) during the year, and incorporated nine dedicated fibre companies. In July 2023, Bayobab was awarded a contract in CAR to manage, operate and maintain the national fibre optic backbone completed earlier in the year (see Central Africa Republic: CAR’s First International Fibre Links Completed, With Congo And Cameroon). During May 2023, MTN’s wholesale and infrastructure operating company MTN GlobalConnect... Read More →

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s International Bandwidth Increases By 35% During 2023

Zimbabwe’s used incoming international Internet bandwidth reached 367.447 Gbps by the end of December 2023, according to latest statistics released by the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). This was a 35% increase compared to 272.34 Gbps in December 2022, 195.158 Gbps in 2021, 159.655 Gbps in 2020, 116.927 Gbps in 2019, and 84.683 in 2018 (see also Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s International Bandwidth Reaches 272 Gbps, December 2022). POTRAZ reports that the equipped international bandwidth reached 1,029.085 Gbps in December 2023, compared to 553.700 Gbps in 2021, 496.916 Gbps in 2021, 333.416 Gbps in 2020, 127.715 Gbps in December 2019, and 113.405 Gbps in December 2018. Of this total equipped international bandwidth of 1,029.085 Gbps in December 2023, Liquid had 850 Gbps, TelOne had 165 Gbps, Dandemutande had 7.385 Gbps, Powertel had 5 Gbps, Telecontract had 1.7 Gbps and Africom had 620 Mbps. POTRAZ also reported 67,961 active fibre subscribers by December 2022,... Read More →

Ghana: Ghana’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.5 Tbps, Dec 2022

Ghana’s used international Internet bandwidth supplied by submarine cable reached 1.510 Tbps by December 2022 according to latest statistics published by the National Communications Authority (NCA), a 37% increase compared to 1.105 Tbps in 2021 (see Ghana: Ghana’s International Bandwidth Increases By 27.6% To Reach 1.1 Tbps During 2021). NCA previously reported used international Internet bandwidth of 865.97 in 2020, 404 Gbps in 2019, 259 Gbps in 2018 and 259 Gbps in 2017. Ghana is currently served by five submarine cables: SAT-3 (which entered service in 2002), Main One (2010), GLO-1 (2010), ACE (2012), and WACS (2012). Out of the used international Internet bandwidth of 1.510 Tbps, 41.37% (624 Gbps) was supplied on the WACS cable, 26.36% on Main One (398 Gbps), 22.01% on ACE (332 Gbps), 8.28% on SAT-3 (125 Gbps), and 1.99% on GLO-1 (30 Gbps). According to the NCA, the equipped capacity available was 3.478 Tbps in 2022, 2.905 Tbps in 2021, compared to 2.684 Tbps in 2020, 2.854 Tbps... Read More →

Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire’s International Bandwidth Increases By 76% During 2023

Côte d’Ivoire’s utilised international Internet bandwidth reached 963.394 Gbps in December 2023, according to latest statistics released by the regulator ARTCI (Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire), a 76% increase compared to 546.643 Gbps reported in December 2022 (see Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire’s International Bandwidth Reaches 292 Gbps, December 2021). This utilized capacity of 963.394 Gbps compared to 1.440 Tbps of installed international Internet bandwidth. These totals were split between Orange which had 447.365 Gbps of utilized international bandwidth (700 Gbps equipped), MTN which had 140 Gbps utilized (140 Gbps equipped), and MainOne which had 376.029 Gbps utilized (600 Gbps equipped). No data was available for Moov Côte d’Ivoire. 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,... Read More →

Africa: Four Submarine Cables Damaged In Red Sea

On 4 March 2024, HGC Global Communications confirmed that four submarine cables had been cut in the Red Sea. Out of more than fifteen cables in the Red Sea, the Seacom, TGN, AAE-1 and EIG submarine cables have been cut, according to a company press release. HGC estimates that 80% of westbound traffic from Asia passes through these 15 cables in the Red Sea, and the outage on these four cables impacts 25% of this traffic. Source: HGC Global Communications  Read More →

Zimbabwe: BCS And Dandemutande Complete Second Phase Of Fibre Backbone Deployed Along Railway Lines

On 7 March 2024, the second phase of the national fibre backbone being rolled out by Fibre Connections, a wholly owned subsidiary of Bandwidth and Cloud Services (BCS), and Dandemutande was commissioned at a ceremony held in Somabhula. This project sees the deployment of fibre optic cable alongside railway tracks using the right of way (ROW) of National Railways of Zimbabwe (NRZ). In December 2022, BCS announced it had completed the 1,001-km first phase, a fibre route along railway lines from Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to Victoria Falls on the border with Zambia via Rutenga – Somabhula – Bulawayo – Nyamadhlovu – Sawmills – Dete – Hwange (see Zimbabwe: BCS Announces Completion Of 1,001-Km Fibre Route Along Railway Lines From Beitbridge – Bulawayo – Victoria Falls). The second phase now completed included the deployment of 500-km of fibre network from Somabhula – Gweru – Harare (the capital), Harare – Mutare, and from Bulawayo – Plumtree. A third phase... Read More →

Tanzania: Tanzania’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.144 Tbps, Dec 2023

Tanzania’s international Internet bandwidth capacity reached 1.144 Tbps in December 2023, according to latest statistics published by the Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority (TCRA). TCRA reported a total available incoming international Internet capacity of 4.790 Tbps, of which 1.144 Tbps was activated, leaving 3.646 Tbps available for new activation. Previously, TCRA reported an international bandwidth of 1.048 Tbps by June 2023, 771 Gbps by December 2022, and 327 Gbps by September 2022 (see Tanzania: Tanzania’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1 Tbps, June 2023). Tanzania is the tenth African country to reach the milestone of 1 Tbps. Three submarine cables currently land in Tanzania (SEACOM, EASSy, and SEAS), and the fourth cable 2Africa is due to enter service during 2024. Source: TCRA  Read More →

Africa: Airtel Africa Launches Telesonic To Provide Wholesale Fibre Services

On 8 February 2024, mobile operator Airtel Africa announced the launch of a subsidiary company called Airtel Africa Telesonic Ltd (Telesonic) to leverage its terrestrial fibre optic cable and submarine cable assets to provide wholesale data services in Africa. According to a company press release, Telesonic will offer wholesale services including national and international leased line, dedicated internet access, IP and IP transit services and multiprotocol label switching (MPLS) services. Airtel Africa currently has an inventory of 75,000-km of terrestrial fibre optic network across the 14 countries in which it operates in sub-Saharan Africa: Chad, Congo, DRC, Gabon, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Niger, Nigeria, Rwanda, Seychelles, Tanzania, Uganda, and Zambia. The operator previously reported a total fibre inventory of 70,500-km in March 2023, 64,500-km in March 2022, 54,500-km in March 2021, and 43,000-km in March 2020 (see Africa: Airtel Africa’s Total Fibre Network In Africa reaches... Read More →

Liberia: CSquared Completes 350-km Fibre Backbone Route Connecting Monrovia To Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea

During January 2024, CSquared announced that it had completed a 350-km fibre optic route running from the capital city Monrovia to the borders of neighbouring Côte d’Ivoire and Guinea, in partnership with U.S. Agency for International Development (USAID) Liberia. The 350-km aerial fibre route runs along the Monrovia – Kakata highway, passing on the way through the following towns Kakata, Weala, Totota, Gbartala, Gbarnga, Palala, Kpein, Ganta, Tondine, Sanniquelle, Kampal and Logatuo. According to a company press release, the network partially uses the aerial transmission network of Liberia Electricity Corporation (LEC). CSquared has already deployed 190-kms of metropolitan fibre optic network in Monrovia. In November 2022, CSquared announced a partnership with USAID to build the 350-km national fibre backbone in Liberia, which would enable the country’s Internet service providers (ISPs) and mobile network operators (MNOs) to reach over one million Liberians and more than 50 businesses... Read More →