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Egypt: Egypt’s International Bandwidth Increases By 56% During 2018

Show on map   Egypt’s international Internet bandwidth reached 2.397 Tbps by December 2018 according to latest statistics published by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT), an annual increase of 56% compared to 1.536 Tbps in December 2017 (see Egypt: Egypt’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.5 Tbps, Dec 2017). Egypt’s international Internet bandwidth previously reached the milestone of 1 Tbps during the second half of 2016. MCIT reported that Egypt’s international bandwidth was 1.137 Tbps in 2016, 652.35 Gbps in 2015, 471.340 Gbps in 2014, and 253.455 Gbps in 2013. Source: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt  Read More →


South Africa: MTN South Africa’s Fibre Network Reaches 18,000-Km During 2018

Show on map   During November 2018, MTN South Africa reported that its total inventory of long haul, metropolitan, and FTTH fibre optic networks had reached 18,000-km during 2018. This compared to a total fibre inventory of 11,351-km in 2015, with the operator then adding 1,469-km of long distance fibre during 2015 and a further 1,132-km of long distance fibre in the first six months of 2016 (see South Africa: MTN South Africa’s Total Fibre Inventory Reaches 11,351-Km, Q1 2015). This total network of 18,000-km includes fibre that MTN co-owns or leases on the National Long Distance (NLD) network. NLD is a consortium consisting of MTN, Vodacom, Neotel (now Liquid Telecom) and South African National Road Agency Limited (SANRAL), that began the deployment of long haul fibre optic network during 2009. The NLD network now comprises of 15 routes which are operational, under construction or planned, totalling 9,922-km. Several of the NLD routes utilised by MTN are leased from other operators. By... Read More →


Nigeria: MainOne And Facebook To Deploy 750-Km Metropolitan Fibre Network In Edo and Ogun States

Show on map   On 26 February 2019, MainOne announced that it will deploy and operate some 750-km of metropolitan fibre optic network in the Nigerian states of Edo and Ogun with investment from Facebook and support from local regulatory and state authorities. According to a company press release, these open access transport networks will provide metro fibre connectivity to reach more than 1 million people in Benin City, Abeokuta, Sagamu and ten other towns by connecting mobile operators' base stations, Internet Service providers, points of presence (POPs), and public locations including schools and hospitals. MainOne was previously granted an open access fibre infrastructure network (InfraCo) licence by the Nigerian Communications Commission in 2015 (see Nigeria: NCC Announces Winners Of First Two InfraCo Licences As MainOne And IHS Communications), and has since deployed a 300-km metro fibre network in Lagos. Facebook Engineering also said that in conjunction with MainOne, together... Read More →


Burkina Faso: Burkina Faso’s International Bandwidth Reaches 34 Gbps, September 2018

Show on map   Burkina Faso’s international Internet bandwidth reached 34.39 Gbps in September 2018, according to latest statistics released by ARCEP (Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et des Postes), 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 of 34.39 Gbps was split between fixed-line incumbent Onatel with 17.5 Gbps, Orange Burkina Faso with 16.01 Gbps and Telecel Faso with 0.88 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 →


Tunisia: Tunisia’s International Bandwidth Reaches 430 Gbps In 2018

Show on map   Tunisia’s international Internet bandwidth reached 430 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest statistics published by Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (INTT), a growth rate of 34% compared to 320 Gbps in December 2017 (see Tunisia: Tunisia’s International bandwidth Reaches 320 Gbps In 2017). Of this total equipped capacity of 430 Gbps, INTT report that 329 Gbps was utilised by December 2018, compared to 325 Gbps in November and 304 Gbps in October. The Ministère des Technologies de l'information et de la Communication (Mincom) previously reported that Tunisia’s international bandwidth was 180 Gbps in December 2015, 130 Gbps in December 2014, and 90 Gbps in December 2013. Source: Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (INTT)  Read More →


Mauritius: MARS Submarine Cable Enters Service

Show on map   On 16 February 2019, the Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS) was officially launched, according to a government press release. The 730-km MARS cable has a design capacity of 16 Tbps, initially equipped at up to 100 Gbps, and is the first submarine cable system to connect the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. With a population of approximately 40,000 people, Rodrigues is the second largest island in the Republic of Mauritius. During March 2018, PCCW Global announced that it had agreed with Mauritius Telecom to construct and maintain the MARS submarine cable (see Mauritius: PCCW Global To Link Rodrigues With MARS Submarine Cable For Mauritius Telecom). PCCW Global cooperated with Huawei Marine Networks to construct the MARS cable, according to a company press release, and PCCW Global will manage operation for the cable. On 19 November 2018, Huawei Marine and PCCW Global announced that the MARS cable had landed on Rodrigues Island. The international... Read More →


Comoros: FLY LION-3 Cable Lands At Itsandra, Moroni

Show on map On 10 February 2019, the new FLY LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network)-3 submarine cable was officially connected to the landing station at Itsandra near Moroni (the capital), according to a government press release. FLY LION-3 is being built by a consortium comprising Comores Cables (55%), Orange (22.5%) and Société Réunionnaise du Radiotelephone (SRR) Réunion (22.5%, see also Mayotte: Orange Signs C&MA For FLY-LION3 Submarine Cable Between Mayotte And Grand Comore). The terrestrial cable between the beach and landing station was due to be completed in December 2018, according to the World Bank, and the new landing station was due to completed in January 2019. Once all remaining works are completed, the new cable is expected to enter commercial service before the end of the year. Once operational, the 400-km FLY LION-3 cable will run from Itsandra (Comoros) to Kaweni (Mayotte), and have a capacity of 4 Tbps (two fibre pairs equipped with wavelength-division multiplexing... Read More →


East Africa: BCS Plans 4,850-Km Expansion Of Fibre Network In DRC, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda And Zambia

Show on map   On 25 November 2018, Bandwidth and Cloud Services (BCS) Group announced that it had signed a USD 18 million long-term financing agreement with the European Investment Bank (EIB) for the expansion of its fibre optic network in Eastern and Central Africa. According to a company press release, this includes the deployment of 4,850-km of fibre optic networks in Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia and the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). This total length of around 4,850-km includes the deployment of 3,850-km of terrestrial fibre cable and around 1,000-km of submarine cable in Lake Tanganyika and Lake Albert. In February 2017, Facebook announced that it was participating in a 770-km fibre build in northwest Uganda along with Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group (BCS) and Airtel Uganda (see Uganda: Facebook Partners With BCS And Airtel Uganda For 770-Km Fibre Network In North West Uganda). In 2014, BCS and Airtel Uganda undertook a 1,300-km fibre co-build project which was... Read More →


Botswana: National Fibre Backbone To Be Expanded To Kgalagadi South District During 2019

Show on map   The government of Botswana announced plans that the national fibre optic backbone network will be expanded during 2019 from the town of Kang to Kgalagadi South district, to the settlements of Hukuntsi, Tshane, Lokgwabe, and Lehututu. According to his State of the Nation address to parliament on 5 November 2018, the President of Botswana said that the rollout of network providing connectivity between cities, towns and major villages and linking them to the international connectivity is ongoing. “The intention is to roll-out national broadband backbone fibre network to Two Hundred and Six (206) identified villages as per the National Broadband Strategy,” said the President. “Currently, Two Hundred and Three (203) sites are now connected to the national backbone fibre network since 2014/15. The roll out of fibre is progressing successfully, extending broadband infrastructure to the Kgalagadi, Okavango and Chobe Districts as well as the Bobirwa Sub-District. In addition... Read More →


South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,554-Km

Show on map   Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 10,554-km by March 2018, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 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 9,854-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 Yzerfontein... Read More →