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Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Reaches 4.8 Gbps, Dec 2017

Show on map   Burundi’s international Internet bandwidth reached 4.8 Gbps in December 2017, according to latest statistics published by the Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT). This compares to 4.772 Gbps in September 2017, 4.280 Gbps in June 2017, 4.239 Gbps in March 2017, and 3.564 Gbps in January 2017. Two operators provide international fibre connectivity to Burundi, Burundi Backbone System (BBS) and Viettel Burundi (Lumitel). BBS has six international fibre routes: three routes via Rwanda, two via Tanzania, and one route to the DRC. In December 2016, Lumitel had three international fibre routes, two via Tanzania and one via Rwanda (see also Tanzania: Halotel’s Fibre Network Reaches 18,000-Km in 2017). ARCT also report a total fibre inventory of 5,054-km, split between Viettel Burundi (Lumitel) with 3,300km (see Burundi: Lumitel Deploys 3,000-Km National Fibre Backbone), BBS with 1,554-km (see Burundi: BBS Completes Third Phase Of National... Read More →

Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso’s International Bandwidth Reaches 17 Gbps, June 2017

Show on map   Burkina Faso’s international Internet bandwidth reached 17.186 Gbps in June 2017, according to latest statistics released by ARCEP (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes). This was split between fixed-line incumbent Onatel with 13.100 Gbps, Orange Burkina Faso with 3.676 Gbps and Telecel Faso with 0.410 Gbps. Onatel’s international bandwidth was previously 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. In its 2016 annual report, the operator said that it had put into service SDH STM-64 (9.953 Gbps) links with MTN Côte d’Ivoire and Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, and increased the capacity on the link with Togo Telecom from STM-4 (622 Mbps) to STM-64 (9.953 Gbps). Meanwhile,... Read More →

Lesotho: Econet Telecom Lesotho Expands FTTH Coverage In Maseru

Show on map   In February 2018, Econet Telecom Lesotho (ETL) announced that it is continuing to expand fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) coverage in the capital Maseru, with the launch of service in new districts of the city. The operator announced that it was deploying FTTH in Maseru during May 2015, with initial coverage in the following districts: Maseru West, Lower Thetsane, Hill’s View, Florida, Arrival Centre, and Happy Villa (see Lesotho: Econet Telecom Lesotho Deploys FTTH in Maseru). According to a company press release, coverage has now been expanded to also include Lesia, Thetsane West, Thetsane East, Masowe 1, Masowe 2, Masowe 3, Masowe 4, Katlehong, Maseru East, Moshoeshoe II, and Stadium Area. Source: Econet Telecom Lesotho  Read More →

Sudan: Sudatel And Liquid Telecom Partner To Launch FTTH In Sudan

Show on map   On 27 February 2018, Sudatel Telecom Group and Liquid Telecom announced that they had signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) to build new fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks across Sudan. According to a company press release, Sudatel will build FTTH networks in Sudan comparable to similar networks deployed by Liquid Telecom in Zimbabwe, Zambia, Kenya and Rwanda. The new FTTH networks will initially deliver speeds up to 100 Mbps. Source: Liquid Telecom  Read More →

Morocco: Morocco’s International Bandwidth Increases by 73%, December 2017

Show on map   Morocco’s international Internet bandwidth reached 1.125 Tbps in December 2017, an annual increase of 73%, according to latest statistics released by Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT). Morocco’s international bandwidth was 650 Gbps in 2016 (see Morocco: Morocco’s International Bandwidth Reaches 650 Gbps, December 2016), compared to 450 Gbps in December 2015, 450 Gbps in 2014 (see Morocco: Morocco’s International Bandwidth Reaches 450 Gbps, December 2014), 412 Gbps in December 2013, and 266 Gbps in 2012 according to ANRT. Source: ANRT  Read More →

Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 52%, September 2017

Show on map   Uganda’s international Internet bandwidth reached 34.180 Gbps in September 2017, a 51.8% increase compared to 22.516 Gbps in September 2016 according to latest figures released by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The UCC reported a total (inbound plus outbound) international bandwidth of 68.360 Gbps in September 2017, compared to 61.586 Gbps in June 2017, 49.984 Gbps in December 2016, 45.031 Gbps in September 2016, 41.695 Gbps in June 2016, 35.747 Gbps in December 2015, 31.223 Gbps in June 2015, 26.986 Gbps in June 2014, 25.679 Gbps in June 2013, and 22.665 Gbps in June 2012 (see Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 40% During 2016 and Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 29%, December 2015). This total international bandwidth includes both inbound and outbound bandwidth. UCC previously reported a total international bandwidth of 7.727 Gbps in its Annual Market Report 2011/12; UCC reported a “downlink” (inbound)... Read More →

Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Reaches 25.370 Gbps During 2017

Show on map   Rwanda had an inbound international Internet bandwidth of 25.370 Gbps in December 2017, according to latest figures published by the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency (RURA). This was a 145% increase compared to an inbound international bandwidth of 10.362 Gbps in 2016, and 3.085 Gbps in 2012 (see Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Increases by 23.9% During 2016). Rwanda’s international bandwidth was symmetrical, with 25.370 Gbps of inbound (‘downlink’) and 25.370 Gbps of outbound (‘uplink’) bandwidth reported in December 2017, according to RURA. RURA has previously reported a total (inbound plus outbound) international Internet bandwidth of 19.024 Gbps in December 2016, 15.352 Gbps in December 2015, 11.934 Gbps in 2014, 10.222 Gbps in 2013, and 8.108 Gbps in 2012 (see also Rwanda: Rwanda’s Total International Bandwidth Increases By 10.4%, December 2015) Total inbound international bandwidth in December 2017 was split between Liquid Telecom (10.0... Read More →

Mauritius: PCCW Global To Link Rodrigues With MARS Submarine Cable For Mauritius Telecom

Show on map   On 5 March 2018, PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, announced that it has agreed with Mauritius Telecom to construct and maintain a submarine cable connecting the Indian Ocean Islands of Rodrigues and Mauritius. With a population of approximately 40,000 people, Rodrigues is the second largest island in the Republic of Mauritius. According to a company press release, PCCW Global will cooperate with Huawei Marine Networks to construct the Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS), a 700km submarine cable with a bandwidth design capacity of 16Tbps. MARS will be ready for service in 2019 and PCCW Global will manage operation for the cable. The international Internet bandwidth of Mauritius increased by 99.5% during 2016 to reach 42.5 Gbps by December 2016, according to latest statistics released by the Information and Communications Technology Authority (see also Mauritius: International Bandwidth of Mauritius Increases by 99.5% During 2016).... Read More →

Congo: Congo Telecom Completes PCN Fibre Route Between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire

Show on map   Congo Telecom has reportedly completed a second 500–km terrestrial fibre link between Brazzaville (the capital), Dolisie and Pointe Noire under the Projet de Couverture National (PCN). In late January 2018, the national coordinator of the PCN project said that the buried terrestrial fibre link between Brazzaville and Pointe Noire has now been completed and tested, and that the DWDM network is equipped at 200 Gbps. Congo has been connected to the WACS submarine cable, which lands at Matombi near Pointe Noire, since 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). This is the second fibre link from Brazzaville to Pointe Noire, with Congo Telecom utilising the aerial fibre optic network of the national electricity company Société Nationale d’Electricité (SNE) since January 2013 (see also Congo: Congo Telecom Completes Northern Fibre Link from Brazzaville – Oyo – Owando). In addition, the Central Africa Backbone (CAB) project to construct a fibre route... Read More →

Mauritania: Mauritania’s International Bandwidth Reaches 18 Gbps, ZTE Wins Contract For National Fibre Backbone Expansion

Show on map   On 26 January 2018, Prime Minister M. Yahya Ould Hademine announced in parliament that Mauritania’s international Internet bandwidth had increased threefold between 2015 and 2017, and had reached 18 Gbps in 2017 (see also Mauritania: Mauritel’s International Bandwidth Increases By 25% During 2015). The ACE submarine cable, the first international submarine cable to land in Mauritania at Nouakchott (the capital), entered into service in December 2012 (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). Meanwhile, on 10 September 2017 the Ministry of Employment, Vocational Training and Information and Communication Technologies (MEFPTIC) signed a contract with ZTE for the deployment of 1,592-km of fibre optic backbone routes and a 40-km metropolitan fibre network in Nouakchott. The contract was valued at US$ 12.9 million, according to WARCIP Mauritanie, and is scheduled to be completed with 18 months. The contract covers the deployment of the... Read More →