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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 →


Seychelles: Second Submarine Cable Planned For Seychelles

Show on map   During May 2018, the government of Seychelles announced that it has agreed with the Seychelles Cable System to build a second submarine cable. The Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) cable connecting Seychelles with Tanzania was the first submarine cable to land in Seychelles, and entered service in May 2012 (see Seychelles: SEAS Submarine Cable Lands In Seychelles). The 1,930-km SEAS cable is initially equipped at 20 Gbps with an ultimate design capacity of 320 Gbps. Before the SEAS cable was built, Seychelles was 100% dependent on satellite for its international Internet bandwidth. According to Seychelles News Agency, the Principal Secretary of the Department of Information Communication Technology (DICT), Benjamin Choppy, said that the second cable will not be a direct link, but that the government was considering joining one of the other cables that will be built in the region. The second cable is expected to be implemented between late 2019 and 2020. “Another... Read More →


Nigeria: Globacom Awards Contract To Huawei For Glo 2 Submarine Cable

Show on map   Nigerian operator Globacom announced in April 2018 that it has signed a contract with Huawei to deploy a second submarine cable, called Glo 2. Globacom’s first submarine cable Glo 1 entered service in 2010 and runs from Alpha Beach in Lagos (Nigeria) to Bude (UK) via Accra (Ghana) and Portugal (see Nigeria: GLO-1 Submarine Cable Enters Commercial Service, October 2010). According to a company press release, the 850-km Glo 2 cable will have a capacity of 12 Tbps, and run from Alpha Beach where the Glo 1 landing station is located, to the southern part of Nigeria. The GLo 2 cable will serve offshore oil platforms and communities, and is also designed for further expansion southwards to Cameroon, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, and Angola. According to a company press release, the cable will contain three fibre pairs, with the first pair connecting Lagos directly to Southern part of Nigeria with terrestrial extension to other parts of the country for redundancy and maintenance... Read More →


Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne To Land Submarine Cable In Côte d’Ivoire

Show on map   On 23 April 2018, MainOne announced that it has obtained a licence in Côte d’Ivoire and will shortly start construction of a new branch to land its submarine cable in Abidjan. According to a company press release, MainOne said that it has secured a C1B licence from the Ministry of Communication, Digital Economy and Postal Services that will enable it to land its submarine cable and build transmission infrastructure in Côte d’Ivoire. As part of an overarching plan to invest close to US$20 million in Côte d’Ivoire with a focus on the provision of wholesale connectivity services, MainOne said that it will start the construction of its cable in June 2018, which is due to be concluded in the second half of 2019. The 7,000-km, 4.96 Tbps Main One cable entered service in July 2010, running from Lagos (Nigeria) to Seixal (Portugal) with a landing point in Accra (Ghana). The cable was built with the possibility to add branching units to Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, the... Read More →


Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 32% During 2017

Show on map   The international Internet bandwidth of Seychelles reached 3.688 Gbps in December 2017 according to latest statistics released by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), a 32% increase compared with 2.791 Gbps in December 2016 (see also Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 33% During 2016). This compared with 2.092 Gbps in in 2015, 1.465 Gbps in 2014, 1.110 Gbps in 2013, 678.4 Mbps in 2012, and 220 Mbps in 2011. The total international bandwidth (uplink plus downlink) was 7.294 Gbps in 2017, 5.500 Gbps in 2016, 4.113 Gbps in 2015, 2.833 Gbps in 2014, 2.135 Gbps in 2013, 1.239 Gbps in 2012, and 289 Mbps in 2011. In May 2012, the 1,930-km Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable connecting Seychelles with Tanzania landed at Beau Vallon, on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles. The SEAS cable is initially equipped at 20 Gbps with an ultimate design capacity of 320 Gbps (see Seychelles: SEAS Submarine Cable Lands... Read More →


Ghana: Eastern Corridor Fibre Network To Be Extended With 165-Km Link From Ho To Accra

Show on map   During April 2018, the Minister of Communications announced that a 165-km extension will be made to the Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Backbone Network. This new fibre optic route will connect the town of Ho in the Volta region to the capital city Accra. According to a press release, the extension is being built by Nokia Alcatel Lucent in partnership with Kenpon Constructions Co Ltd and is financed by the Danish Government. The route is due to be completed by next year and will be managed by the National Information Technology Agency (NITA). The Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Backbone Network which was completed in 2015 runs some 800-km from Ho in the Volta Region to Bawku in the Upper-East Region, with a branch running from Yendi to Tamale, and interconnection points in Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbilla, Yendi, Gushiegu and Tamale (see Ghana: President Announces Completion Of 800-Km Eastern Corridor Fibre Optic Network From Ho To Bawku). This network serves over 120 communities... Read More →


Algeria: Algeria’s International Bandwidth Increases By 29% During 2017

Show on map   Algeria’s international Internet bandwidth reached 810.155 Gbps by December 2017, according to latest statistics released by the Ministère de la Poste, des Télécommunications, des Technologies et du Numérique (MPTTN). This was a 29% increase compared to 630.150 Gbps in 2016, according to the Ministry, which reports that Algeria’s international bandwidth was previously 485.155 Gbps in 2015, 278.0 Gbps in 2014, 166.0 Gbps in 2013, and 104.448 Gbps in 2012. MPTTN also reports that the total length of optical fibre in Algeria reached 81,872-km by December 2017, compared to 76,515-km in 2016, 70,700-km in 2015, 61,556-km in 2014, 50,800-km in 2013 and 46,231-km in 2012 (see also Algeria: Algerie Telecom’s Fibre Backbone Increases By 6,000-Km During 2017). Source: MPTTN  Read More →


Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Reaches 916 Gbps, December 2017

Show on map   Kenya’s international Internet bandwidth reached 916.287 Gbps in December 2017 according to latest statistics released by the Communications Authority (CA). This was an annual increase of 6.5% compared to 860.570 Gbps reported in December 2016 (see Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Reaches 860 Gbps, December 2016), and compares with 854.551 Gbps in December 2015, 498.121 Gbps in 2014, 365.413 Gbps in 2013, and 328.641 Gbps in 2012 (source: CA/ CCK). The total figure of 916.287 Gbps in December 2017 was reported as the ‘international Internet connectivity bandwidth’, compared with 3,182.592 Gbps of ‘international Internet available bandwidth’. The Communications Authority says that the increase of 148.6 Gbps in the last quarter from 83.0 Gbps is attributed to the expansion of capacity by LION 2 submarine cable, in order to meet the increasing demand for bandwidth in the country. Of the total used bandwidth of 916.287 Gbps in December 2017, 911.800 Gbps... Read More →


Gabon: Fibre Optic Interconnection Between Congo And Gabon Inaugurated

Show on map   On 6 April 2018, the fibre optic interconnection between Gabon and Congo was officially inaugurated at a ceremony held in Bakoumba (Gabon), according to a press release issued by Agence Nationale des Infrastructures Numériques et des Fréquences (ANINF). In October 2014, China Communications Service International Ltd (CCSI) was awarded the contract for the Central Africa Backbone 4 (CAB 4) project to deploy a 1,100-km fibre optic link from Libreville to Lékoko on the border with Congo via Franceville (see Gabon: China Communications Services (CCS) Awarded Contract To Deploy 1,100-Km Fibre Backbone From Libreville – Franceville – Lekoko). In December 2014, Huawei was awarded the contract for the Central Africa Backbone 3 (CAB 3) project to deploy a 550-km fibre optic link running from Pointe Noire to Mbinda on the border with Gabon via Dolisie (see Congo: Huawei Wins Contract To Deploy 550-Km Fibre Link Connecting Congo and Gabon). The cross border fibre link between... Read More →


Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s Used International Bandwidth Increases By 46% During 2017

Show on map   Zimbabwe’s used incoming international Internet bandwidth reached 47.668 Gbps by the end of December 2017, according to latest statistics released by the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). This was a 46% increase compared to 32.645 Gbps in December 2016. In its Q4 2017 sector performance report, POTRAZ reports that the equipped international bandwidth reached 102.080 Gbps in December 2017, a 34% increase compared to 75.975 Gbps reported in December 2016 (see also Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s International Bandwidth Increases by 107% During 2016). POTRAZ also report that the total national fibre backbone length was 8,765-km in December 2017, compared to 7,707-km in 2016, 6,964-km in 2015, 6,641-km in 2014 and 6,481-km in 2013. In addition, Liquid Telecom, TelOne and Powertel have all launched fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) networks providing broadband packages with download speeds of up to 100 Mbps. POTRAZ reports that the number of active fibre links... Read More →