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Burkina Faso: New Fibre Link From Ouagadougou To Ghana Inaugurated

Show on map   On 10 July 2018, the new fibre optic link running from Ouagadougou (the capital) to Ghana was officially inaugurated at a ceremony, according to SIG (Service d’Information du Gouvernement du Burkina Faso). This includes the 307-km link running from Ouagadougou to Dakola on the border with Ghana via Manga and Po, with a link running from Manga to Po via Bagre. According to Le Faso, an additional 5 Gbps of international bandwidth was received through the new link via Ghana. In June 2016, the Council of Ministers awarded a contract to Huawei for the deployment of a 307-km fibre optic link from Ouagadougou to Dakola as part of the World Bank Projet Régional d'Infrastructures de Communication de l'Afrique de l'Ouest – Burkina Faso (PRICAO-BF) which also forms part of the overall national fibre backbone project (see Burkina Faso: Huawei Selected To Deploy Fibre Link From Ouagadougou To Ghana). In December 2017 the Minister for Development of the Digital Economy and Posts... Read More →


Senegal: Sonatel Doubles International Bandwidth To 80 Gbps During 2017, Expands National Fibre Backbone

Show on map   Sonatel announced that it has doubled its international Internet bandwidth to 80 Gbps during 2017 in its latest annual report, from 40 Gbps in 2016 (see also Senegal: Sonatel Increases International Bandwidth To 40 Gbps). Sonatel is connected to the Atlantis-2, SAT-3 and ACE submarine cables which land in Dakar (the capital), and the operator also provides international bandwidth to its neighbouring countries. During 2017, Sonatel also said that it completed the laying of a 232-km fibre optic cable (containing 36 fibres) between Kolda and Bignona, and is currently constructing a 260-km cable (containing 36 fibres) between Tambacounda and Kolda. To further extend the national fibre backbone, the operator also said that is deploying a further 270-km of fibre routes (containing 72 fibres), from Thiaroye – Thiès (70-km), Thiaroye – Somone – Saly – Mbour (100-km), and Touba – Darou Mousty – Kébémer (100-km). Sonatel notably launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH)... Read More →


Guinea Conakry: National Fibre Backbone Route Between Kankan – N’Zérékoré Completed

Show on map   The regulator Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (ARPT) has published an update on the deployment of the 4,000-km national fibre backbone by the Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB). According to the ARPT’s 2017 annual report published in April 2018, the 360-km fibre route running from Kankan – Kerouane – Beyla – N’Zérékoré has now been completed. ARPT also says that the route from Faranah – Kissidougou – Guéckedou – Macenta - N’Zérékoré was 90% complete, and the route from Boké – Gaoual – Kounsitel – Popodara - Labé route was 92% complete. ARPT also confirms that the routes from Conakry – Mamou, Mamou – Labé, Mamou – Kankan, and Conakry – Boké have also been 100% completed. During October 2017, the Director General of SOGEB gave an update on the deployment of the national fibre optic backbone (see Guinea Conakry: Further National Fibre Backbone Routes Completed, Remaining... Read More →


Zimbabwe: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) Expands Into Zimbabwe

Show on map   South African operator Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) has announced that it has launched a business in neighbouring Zimbabwe during May 2018, according to a company press release. “The demand is currently in Harare (the capital) because that metropolitan area has a lot of business services and a lot of concentration of people due to urbanisation,” said DFA’s Acting Chief Strategy Officer Vino Govender. “Those people consume a lot of mobile, voice and data services and that places a big demand on transmission infrastructure. There are many businesses in Zimbabwe that require ISP services including the mobile operators.” DFA began rolling out its network in South Africa during October 2007, building fibre rings in metropolitan areas and selected long-haul routes. DFA’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 9,854-km by March 2017 (see South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Fibre Network Reaches 9,854-Km). This compared to 9,144-km... Read More →


Uganda: NITA-U Plans Additional 2,000-km Extension To National Fibre Backbone Project

Show on map   The National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) has released an update on the status of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure Project (NBI/ EGI), which shows a further 2,000-km of proposed routes described as “under funding review”. The first phase of the NBI project comprised 198-km of fibre network connecting Kampala (the capital), Mukono, Jinja, Bombo and Entebbe. The second phase comprised 1,400-km of fibre network connecting Busia, Tororo, Mbale, Malaba, Kumi, Soroti, Lira, Gulu, Elegu, Masindi, Kyenjojo, Fort Portal, Kasese, Bushenyi and Mbarara. The third phase of 756-km comprises the following fibre routes: Kampala – Masaka – Mbarara – Katuna (border with Rwanda), Masaka – Mtukula (border with Tanzania), Masindi – Hoima – Kyenjojo. In January 2017, NITA-U announced that the third phase of the NBI project had been completed in December 2016 (see Uganda: NITA-U Completes Phase 3 of National... Read More →


Algeria: CITA Signs Agreement To Utilise Dark Fibre Routes Along GRTG’s Gas Pipelines

Show on map   On 19 June 2018, an agreement was signed between GRTG (Gestionnaire du Réseaux Transport Gaz, a subsidiary of the Sonelgaz Group) and the Compagnie des infrastructures de télécommunications d'Algérie (Comintal Algérie, CITA). Under this agreement, CITA will utilise capacity on the dark fibre network deployed by GRTG along its gas pipelines. GRTG’s fibre optic network contains 24 fibres, of which two fibres are used for monitoring and management of the gas network, leaving 22 fibres unused. The ten year agreement is renewal for a period of 5 years, and is intended to provide fibre backbone capacity to rural inhabitants in unserved locations. GRTG’s dark fibre network comprises of 4,261-km of fibre optic routes, notably including two gas pipelines from Tidikelt – Tamanrasset (530-km) and Illizi - Djanet (379-km). According to GRTG’s development plan of the gas transport network 2017 – 2027 published in May 2017, the operator’s fibre optic network spanned... Read More →


Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes Fibre Link From Harare To Beitbridge

Show on map   On 5 June 2018, fixed line incumbent TelOne announced that it has completed a 600-km fibre link running from the capital Harare to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa. According to a company press release, TelOne said that the “National Broadband Project (NBB) project has seen the implementation of the Harare - Beitbridge and Bulawayo - Beitbridge Backbone Fibre, which has resulted in about 30% cut in internet bandwidth landing costs which has been passed on to clients”. TelOne first started work to build the fibre route from Harare to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa in 2011, comprising of two separate fibre routes totalling 1,340-km: the route from Harare – Bulawayo – Beitbridge, and the route from Harare – Masvingo – Beitbridge. In September 2017, the operator announced that it had completed the 330-km fibre link from Bulawayo to Beitbridge (see Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes 330-Km Fibre Link To Beitbridge, FTTH Network Passes 25,000 Homes). In... Read More →


Nigeria: MTN Nigeria’s Fibre Network Reaches 24,658-Km, April 2018

Show on map   MTN Nigeria has announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 24,658-km, according to an investor presentation on 20 April 2018. This total compares with 12,490-km in March 2016 (see Nigeria: MTN Nigeria’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 12,490-Km, Further 2,300-Km Planned For 2016/7), 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). According to the presentation, less than 40% fibre utilisation allows MTN to monetise selling excess capacity and sharing infrastructure with other telcos. Source: MTN Nigeria  Read More →


South Africa: Telkom’s National Fibre Network Reaches 157,400-Km, March 2018

Show on map   Telkom South Africa has reported that its national fibre network has now reached 157,400-km, according to its annual results for the year ended 31 March 2018. This compares to 151,000-km by September 2017, and 149,000-km by March 2017 (see South Africa: Telkom Reaches 300,506 FTTH Homes Passed, September 2017). The operator also reported that it had reached 356,684 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed (109,336 FTTH subscribers) by March 2018, a 62.3% increase compared to 219,825 homes passed (40,627 FTTH subscribers) by March 2017 and 81,503 homes passed (8,129 FTTH subscribers) by 31 March 2016 (see South Africa: Telkom Reaches 219,825 FTTH Homes Passed, March 2017 and South Africa: Telkom Reaches 81,503 FTTH Homes Passed, March 2016). Telkom South Africa also reported 89,818 fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) end points terminating by March 2018, a 70.3% increase compared to 52,755 by March 2017. The operator said that 2,237,057 homes were passed with fibre-to-the-cabinet... Read More →


Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 5,000-Km

Show on map   On 9 May 2018, Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom reported that its fibre optic network in Kenya has now reached 5,000-km. The operator’s fibre deployment in the capital Nairobi and other towns across Kenya compares with 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 Expands Metropolitan Fibre Network To 4,190-Km By March 2017). The operator 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 network (see Kenya: Safaricom Plans To Build Its Own Terrestrial Fibre Optic Network in Kenya). Safaricom also reported that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 141,000 homes by March 2018, compared to 95,000 homes in October 2017, 83,000 homes in March 20017, 47,000 homes by March 2017, and 6,848 homes in March 2016 (see Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches... Read More →