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Cameroon: 3,950-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Completed During 2017

Show on map   Cameroon’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications has announced that the third phase of the national fibre optic backbone was completed during 2017. According to the Ministry, the completion of 3,950-km of fibre routes in this phase brings the total fibre network in Cameroon to some 12,000-km in 2017. The first phase of the national fibre optic backbone deployment began in 2009. The second 3,200-km phase began in 2011 and was completed in May 2013, bringing the total length of operational fibre in service in Cameroon to 6,000-km at the time (see Cameroon: Cameroon Completes 3,200-Km Fibre Backbone Connecting The Extreme North Region). The third phase of the national fibre optic backbone began in February 2015, with the total network reaching 10,600-km in 2015. In her 2017 annual national budget speech to parliament, Minister of Posts and Telecommunications Libom Li Likeng said that 70% of the 3,950-km third phase of the national fibre optic backbone had been completed... Read More →


Africa: Planned PEACE Submarine Cable To Link East Africa With South Asia

Show on map   On 6 November 2017, Huawei Marine announced that it has commenced work on Desk Study and Marine Survey works in conjunction with key investor Tropic Science Co., Ltd. (Tropical Science) to construct the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) submarine cable, which would connect East Africa with South Asia. The 13,000-km PEACE cable would connect South Asia (Pakistan) and East Africa (Djibouti and Kenya), with a northern expansion to Egypt and further southern expansion from Kenya to South Africa. The project will facilitate connectivity from China to Pakistan via existing terrestrial cable networks and create the shortest route from China to Europe via Africa. With initial work underway, the project is targeted for completion in Q4, 2019. According to a company press release, this network topology substantially reduces existing network lengths by up to 50% and when completed, will provide a cost-effective, diverse route for the escalating demand for capacity between... Read More →


South Africa: Liquid Telecom Partners With Huawei To Deliver 100G Upgrades To South African Fibre Network

Show on map   On 8 November 2017, Liquid Telecom announced that it has awarded a contract to Huawei to deliver 100G upgrades to its fibre optic network in South Africa. The first phase of the project will see Liquid Telecom upgrade 1,200-km of its long-haul fibre network between Johannesburg and Cape Town, according to a company press release. In the second and third phase of the project, the operator’s DWDM core network will be extended to the northwest then northeast regions of South Africa, providing more enterprise and wholesale customers in South Africa with high bandwidth connectivity. Liquid Telecom built a fibre route across northern South Africa, running from Beitbridge on the border with Zimbabwe to Pretoria (see also South Africa: Liquid Telecom Building 521-Km Link from Zimbabwe To Johannesburg), and in November 2015 announced that it would lay new fibre in South Africa’s northern provinces, providing connectivity to the major cities and towns. In June 2016 Liquid... Read More →


Kenya: Telkom Kenya Upgrades National Backbone And Metro Fibre Networks

Show on map   On 6 November 2017, Telkom Kenya announced that it has completed the first phase of its KSh 600 million (USD 4.7 million) upgrade project on its national backbone and metropolitan transmission networks. According to a company press release, the backbone improvement has created triple redundancy on the route through the use of Telkom’s own fibre, NOFBI (which is the Kenyan Government owned fibre that is managed by Telkom) and via Kenya Power’s overhead cables. The rehabilitated metropolitan network is designed to provide ultrafast data around key carrier routes in Nairobi, with minimal disruptions. Telkom Kenya said that it is already working on the second phase of the infrastructure improvement project which will involve increasing capacity and redundancy to other metro cities and an extension of the backbone network into key strategic markets. On the Enterprise Business front, Telkom has kicked off a Fibre-to-the-Building (FTTB) project, which has seen close to... Read More →


Africa: Africa’s International Bandwidth Reaches 5.825 Tbps In 2016

Africa’s total inbound international Internet bandwidth reached 5.825 Tbps by December 2016, according to the ninth annual edition of the Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research. This was a 29% increase compared to 4.533 in 2015, 3.003 Tbps in 2014, 2.032 Tbps in 2013, 1.486 Tbps in 2012, and 805 Gbps in 2011 (see also Africa’s International Bandwidth Reaches 4.6 Tbps In 2015). All of Africa’s international bandwidth is supplied by submarine cables, terrestrial networks connected to submarine cables, or satellite. The chart below shows that the total international bandwidth of 5.825 Tbps in 2016 was split between Sub-Saharan Africa, which increased by 21% to reach 3.319 Tbps, and North Africa which increased by 40% to reach 2.506 Tbps. Excluding Kenya, which only increased by 0.7% to 861 Gbps in 2016 (source: Communications Authority), the total bandwidth for other countries in Sub-Saharan Africa increased by 31% to reach 2.459 Tbps in December 2016. Chart:... Read More →


Kenya: Liquid Telecom and KETRACO Partner to Build Fibre Network Across Kenya and East Africa

Show on map On 18 October 2017, Liquid Telecom Kenya announced that it had signed a 10-year partnership with Kenya Electricity Transmission Company Limited (KETRACO) to operate KETRACO’s Optical Ground Wire (OPGW) fibre cable and expand the internet network across East Africa. The partnership will begin by upgrading fibre connections to Kenyan areas already connected to the national grid with high voltage lines of 132kV and above, according to a company press release, which include Garissa, Isiolo, Garsen, Lamu, Rabai, Namanga, Meru, Machakos, Makueni, Wote, Sultan Hamud, Mwingi, Konza, Kitale, Eldoret, Kisii and Kisumu. It will then extend fibre connections to remote areas of Kenya and neighbouring countries like Ethiopia, South Sudan, Uganda, Tanzania, Rwanda, Eastern Congo and Burundi. Currently, KETRACO operates a 1,791.5-km electricity transmission network within Kenya and by 2020, the company will have completed construction of over 8,000-km of high voltage transmission lines with... Read More →


Guinea Conakry: Further National Fibre Backbone Routes Completed, Remaining Routes To Be Finished By End 2017

Show on map   During October 2017, the Director General of the Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB) gave an update on the deployment of the 4,000-Km national fibre optic backbone. According to reports, the following fibre optic routes have now been completed and delivered: Conakry (the capital) – Mamou, Mamou – Labé, Mamou – Kankan, Conakry – Boké, Mamou – Faranah, Kolaboui – Kamsar, and Tanéné – Fria. In addition, the civil engineering works have reportedly been completed for the following routes: Kankan - Nzerekore, Kankan - Mandiana, Kouroussa – Siguiri - Kouremale, Faranah – Kissidougou - Ouamou, Guéckedou – Bofossou - Macenta, Coyah – Forécariah – Farmoreyah, and Boké – Gaoual – Koundara. The completion of civil works on the remaining routes is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information Technologies first announced plans to deploy the national fibre... Read More →


DRC: Official Inauguration Of 3,300-Km Fibre Link From Kinshasa To Kasumbalesa

Show on map   On 3 October 2017, a ceremony was held to officially inaugurate the 3,300-km fibre optic link running from Kinshasa (the capital) to Kasumbalesa. China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC), which deployed the network, has been granted an official acceptance certificate for completion of the works according to reports. The construction of this link began in March 2013 (see DRC: Congolese Government Announces Start Of Construction Of 3,250-Km Fibre Route From Kinshasa To Kasumbalesa). The 3,400-km link was reported completed last year running from Kinshasa – Kasumbalesa – Sakania on the border with Zambia (see DRC: SCPT Completes 3,400-Km Link From Kinshasa To Sakania), but sections of it have been inoperational for a number of reasons. The first phase of the national fibre optic backbone network completed in December 2009 was the 650-km fibre link from Kinshasa to the coastal town of Muanda, the landing point of the WACS submarine cable... Read More →


Kenya: Safaricom Reaches 95,000 FTTH Subscribers, Starts Regional FTTH Roll Out Plan

Show on map   On 7 October 2017, Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom announced that it currently has 95,000 homes to connected to its fibre optic infrastructure. By March 2017, Safaricom’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 83,000 homes, compared to 47,000 homes by March 2017, and 6,848 homes in March 2016. The operator’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network had connected 1,500 public and commercial buildings by March 2017, compared to 1,445 in March 2017, 1,138 in March 2016, 720 in March 2015, and 119 buildings in March 2014 (see also Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 4,700-km). In its announcement Safaricom also said that it had started its FTTH Regional Roll Out Plan to expand the coverage of its FTTH network to other towns across the country. ‘The first phase of the Safaricom Fibre to Home will start with Kitengela town and its environs, targeting 14,000 homes with a plan to reach 40% penetration within the next three months,’ said a company... Read More →


Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes 330-Km Fibre Link To Beitbridge, FTTH Network Passes 25,000 Homes

Show on map   During September 2017, fixed line incumbent TelOne has reportedly completed the 330-km fibre link from Bulawayo to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa, according to the Herald and Newsday newspapers. This will open a new international route for TelOne, in addition to its fibre routes from Harare (the capital) to Mozambique (via Mutare), Botswana (via Plumtree), and Zambia (via Kariba). The operator currently leases capacity on a separate fibre route from Harare to Beitbridge via Masvingo. The operator started construction work on this link from Bulawayo to Beitbridge during May 2017, as a component of the National Broadband Project (NBB). The project was implemented by Huawei. The NBB project is designed to replace legacy infrastructure, expand the national backbone network, and introduce data centre and cloud computing services. At the end of 2015, TelOne secured a US$98.6 million loan facility from the China Exim Bank to undertake the National Broadband Project... Read More →