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Zambia: MTN Zambia Awards ZTE Contract To Build Fibre Network From Lusaka To Namibia

On 2 October 2020, ZTE announced that it had signed a partnership with MTN Zambia to construct a cross-border fibre optic network linking the capital city Lusaka with Namibia. According to a company press release the new network will run approximately 1,000-km from Lusaka to Mongu via Sesheke, and will interconnect with Namibia at Sesheke. Namibia is connected to the WACS submarine cable, with both Telecom Namibia and Paratus providing connectivity in Namibia from Sesheke to the WACS landing station at Swakopmund. “In our pursuit to create a digital global hub in Zambia, we are happy to announce the construction of fiber connectivity from Lusaka through Sesheke to Mongu which will make Zambia a major transit point to international destinations,” said MTN Zambia Chief Executive Officer, Mr. Bart Hofker, adding that “this partnership will help us provide stability on our network and cheaper internet for our customers to connect with family, friends and colleagues.” ZTE said that by... Read More →

Equatorial Guinea: GITGE’s International Bandwidth Reaches 30 Gbps

GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial) said that its activated international Internet bandwidth has now reached 30 Gbps, diversified between routes to Lisbon (Portugal), London (UK) and Virginia (USA), according to a recent interview with its Director General (source: Balancing Act, CIO Magazine). Equatorial Guinea's international bandwidth has increased dramatically since it was connected to the first and second international submarine cables to land in the country in 2012 (ACE) and 2018 (CEIBA-2/ SAIL). GITGE is currently connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable which entered service in December 2012 (see also Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable), the CEIBA-1 cable connecting Malabo (the capital) to the mainland at Bata which was completed in October 2009 (see Equatorial Guinea: GETESA Completes Submarine Cable Connecting Bata to Mainland), and the CEIBA-2 submarine cable system also connecting... Read More →

Mozambique: Paratus Completes 750-Km Terrestrial Fibre Route From Johannesburg To Maputo

Pan-African telecommunications company, Paratus, has announced that it has completed a new terrestrial fibre optic crossing to Mozambique by lighting up a 750-km route from Maputo (the Mozambican capital), through Eswatini onwards to Teraco Isando DC in Johannesburg (South Africa), which is one of Paratus’ many international colocation centres. “It has taken months of meticulous planning and we experienced significant delays due to the pandemic sweeping across the globe,” said Rolf Mendelsohn, Chief Technical Officer of the Paratus Group in a company press release. “This week, we were able to commence with link testing and the first live traffic traversed the link. Prior to activating this shorter route, the majority of traffic to Maputo would need to go via Mtunzini on either the SEACOM or EASSY cable systems. Latency is halved from 18ms to 9ms. For this route we decided to deploy the latest Infinera coherent technology, operating at 100Gb wavelengths.” In June 2018, Paratus... Read More →

Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s Fibre Inventory Reaches 5,541-km, International Bandwidth Reaches 35.7 Gbps

The inventory of fibre optic networks in Guinea reached 5,541-km by March 2020, with network operators having deployed 1,189-km of fibre optic network, and the national fibre backbone operated by Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB) reaching 4,352-km. The capital city Conakry has been connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable since December 2012, the first international submarine cable to land in Guinea (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). The Autorité de Régulation de Postes et Télécommunication (ARPT) also reports that Guinea’s international Internet bandwidth increased to 35.693 Gbps in 2019. According to its 2019 annual report, ARPT reports that the total length of fibre optic network deployed by network operators reached 1,189.4-km in 2019, a 26% increase compared to 944-km in 2018, 521.8-km in 2017 and 408-km in 2016 (see also Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s Fibre Inventory Reaches 5,000-Km).... Read More →

South Africa: Telkom’s National Fibre Network Reaches 165,900-Km, March 2020

Telkom South Africa has reported that its national fibre network reached 165,900-km by March 2020, according to its annual results. This compares to 163,800-km by March 2019, 161,119-km by September 2018, 157,400-km by March 2018, 151,000-km by September 2017, and 149,000-km by March 2017 (see also South Africa: Telkom Increases National Fibre Network To 163,800-Km, March 2019). Telkom also reported that it had reached 455,553 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed by March 2019, a 5.8% compared to 430,659 homes passed by March 2019, and 356,684 by March 2018. The operator said that it had 47,179 fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) connections by March 2020, a 25.9% increase compared to 37,476 in March 2019 and 24,088 in March 2018. In addition, 7,704 base stations were connected by fibre in March 2020, a 9.8% increase compared to 7,018 in March 2019, 6,791 in March 2018, and 5,928 by March 2017. Source: Telkom SA  Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom’s Metro Fibre Network Reaches 9,000-Km

Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom has reported in its 2020 annual report that its fibre optic network in Kenya has now reached 9,000-km. The operator’s fibre deployment in the capital city Nairobi and at least 19 other towns across Kenya compares with 6,700-km in 2019, and 5,000-km in 2018 (see Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network Reaches 6,700-Km). The operator also said that it’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network reached 4,000 buildings, and that its fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 330,000 homes, of which 142,000 homes were connected. Safaricom first announced plans to build its own terrestrial fibre optic network in November 2011, and began the roll out of its metro fibre network during 2013 (see Kenya: Safaricom Plans To Build Its Own Terrestrial Fibre Optic Network in Kenya). In October 2017, Safaricom announced that it had started an FTTH Regional Roll Out Plan to expand the coverage of its FTTH network to other towns outside of the capital city Nairobi (see... Read More →

Congo: Construction Starts Of Fibre Optic Link From Congo To Cameroon

On 8 August 2020, a ceremony was held in the northern Congolese town of Ntam to mark the start of construction of the 347-km fibre optic link connecting Congo with neighbouring Cameroon. The link will run from Ouesso – Paris – Biesse – Sembé – Souanké – Ntam, and is being deployed by Huawei and China Communications Service International Ltd (CCSI). Reportedly costing Euro 66.5 million to deploy, this fibre link forms part of the Central African Backbone (CAB) programme (see also Cameroon: Cameroon Plans Completion Of Cross-Border Fibre Links To Central African Republic, Congo and Nigeria), and is supported with financing by the African Development Bank (AfDB). Within Congo, the national fibre optic backbone runs from Brazzaville to Ouesso in the north, to Pointe Noire via Dolisie in the west, and from Dolisie to Mbinda on the border with Gabon (see Gabon: Fibre Optic Interconnection Between Congo And Gabon Inaugurated). Source: Adiac Congo, Agence Ecofin  Read More →

Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes Additional Fibre Optic Link To Zambia

During August 2020, fixed line incumbent operator TelOne announced that it had completed the 65-km fibre optic link running from Makuti to Chirundu on the border with Zambia. TelOne’s national fibre backbone includes a link running from Harare (the capital) to Makuti via Chinhoyi and Karoi, and the operator already has a fibre link to Zambia running from Makuti to Kariba. TelOne announced that its national fibre backbone reached 4,000-km according to its 2018 Sustainability Report, compared to 3,700-km in 2017 and 2,600-km in 2016 (see Zimbabwe: TelOne’s Fibre Network Reaches 3,700-Km). In June 2018, the operator announced that it had completed a 600-km fibre link running from the capital Harare to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa via Masvingo (see Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes Fibre Link From Harare To Beitbridge). Source: TelOne, The Herald, The Zimbabwe Mail  Read More →

Mauritius: International Bandwidth of Mauritius Increases By 56.5% During 2019

The used international Internet bandwidth of Mauritius reached 101.657 Gbps by December 2019, according to latest statistics reported by the Information and Communication Technology Authority of Mauritius (ICTA). This was a 56.5% increase compared to 64.977 Gbps of used international Internet bandwidth in 2018, and 43.059 Gbps in 2017. Meanwhile, ICTA reported that the international Internet bandwidth capacity (the amount of capacity which is equipped and/or sold) reached 150.98 Gbps during 2018, compared to 96.3 Gbps in 2017, 42.5 Gbps in 2016, 21.305 Gbps in 2015, and 17.077 Gbps in 2014 (see also Mauritius: International Bandwidth of Mauritius Reaches 150 Gbps During 2018). The international Internet bandwidth capacity for 2019 was not reported by ICTA. Source: ICTA  Read More →

Niger: Niger’s International Bandwidth Reaches 17.5 Gbps During 2019

Niger’s international Internet bandwidth reach 17.5 Gbps during 2019, according to the latest figures released by Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et de La Poste (ARCEP) in its 2019 annual report. This total international bandwidth of 17.5 Gbps compares with 10 Gbps in 2018, 5.6 Gbps in 2017 and 1.8 Gbps in 2016 (see Niger: Niger’s International Bandwidth Triples During 2017). This international bandwidth was supplied via cross border fibre optic links with neighbouring countries, split between 12.5 Gbps via Nigeria, 2.5 Gbps via Benin, and 2.5 Gbps via Burkina Faso. The Trans-Saharan Backbone (Dorsale Transsaharienne à fibre optique, DTS) project currently under construction will notably see the addition of new cross-border fibre links between Niger and Algeria, Niger and Chad, and between Niger and Nigeria (see Chad: MoU Signed For Trans-Saharan Fibre Optic Backbone (DTS) Project Connecting Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Mali). The DTS includes 1,007-km... Read More →