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South Africa: Telkom Expands Fibre Network By 10,000-Km During 2018

Show on map   Telkom South Africa has reported that its national fibre network reached 161,119-km by 30 September 2018, according to its interim 2018 results. This compares to 157,400-km by March 2018, 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). “We have seen our national optical footprint expanding by over 10,000 kilometres to 161,119 kilometres”, said Telkom in its interim results. Telkom South Africa also reported that it had reached 393,101 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed by September 2018, a 30.8% increase compared to 300,506 homes passed by September 2017. The operator also reported that 2,286,595 homes were passed with fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) by September 2018, a 7.7% increase compared to 2,123,523 in September 2017. Source: Telkom SA  Read More →


Sao Tomé & Principe: GITGE Begins Deployment Of Ultramar Submarine Cable Connecting Sao Tomé To Annobon, Equatorial Guinea

Show on map   In September 2018, GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial) announced that it has started the deployment of the Ultramar submarine cable connecting Sao Tomé (the capital city of Sao Tomé and Principe) with Annobon in Equatorial Guinea. The 263-km long unrepeatered cable will run from Sao Tomé to the island of Annobon (Equatorial Guinea), and is being deployed by Alcatel Submarine Networks. 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 Malabo to Bata and Kribi (Cameroon) which entered which entered service in March 2017 (see Equatorial... Read More →


Angola: SACS Submarine Cable Enters Commercial Service

Show on map   On 27th September 2018, Angola Cables announced that the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) has entered commercial service. The 6,200-km SACS cable crosses the southern Atlantic ocean from the Sangano cable landing station in Angola (near Luanda, the capital city) to Fortaleza in Brazil, and has an initial design capacity of 40 Tbps (100 Gbps x 100 wavelengths x 4 fibre pairs). SACS is 100% owned and managed by Angola Cables, which awarded the contract to NEC Corporation to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) in November 2014 (see also Angola: Angola Cables Awards Contract For SACS Cable To NEC and Angola: SACS Submarine Cable Under Construction, Due To Enter Service In Mid 2018). Onward connectivity is provided to the USA, Europe and South Africa via the Monet cable system connecting Boca Raton (USA) to both Fortaleza and Santos (Brazil), and the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine cable running from Yzerfontein (South Africa) to Seixal (Portugal) via... Read More →


Senegal: Orange And MainOne Sign Agreement To Land The MainOne Cable In Dakar

Show on map   On 13 September 2018, Orange and MainOne Cable Company announced that they have signed an agreement allowing for a major investment by Orange in the West Africa submarine cable system, MainOne. Through this partnership Orange will acquire multiple Tbps of additional capacity on the MainOne cable, according to a company press release. The partnership between Orange and MainOne Company will also provide for the construction and installation of two new branches and stations. These will connect the cable to Dakar in Senegal and Abidjan in the Côte d’Ivoire by mid-2019. Orange will be the owner of the cable station in Dakar. In April 2018, MainOne announced that it has obtained a licence in Côte d’Ivoire and will start construction in June 2018 of a new branch to land its submarine cable in Abidjan, which is due to be concluded in the second half of 2019 (see Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne To Land Submarine Cable In Côte d’Ivoire). Orange Marine, a 100% subsidiary of... Read More →


Zimbabwe: TelOne’s Fibre Network Reaches 3,700-Km

Show on map   Fixed line incumbent TelOne announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 3,700-km, according to its 2017 Sustainability Report, a 42% increase compared to 2,600-km in 2016. 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). Major projects completed during 2017/8 include: Bulwayo – Beitbridge optic fibre backbone link, Harare - Masvingo backbone optic fibre link, Mashonaland North Ring node upgrade, Mutare – Harare - Bulawayo - Plumtree node upgrade, Gweru - Masvingo optic fibre upgrade, Bulawayo - Victoria Falls microwave backbone link upgrade, Nyanga - Mutare - Chiredzi IP radio backbone link upgrade, and various fibre to the home projects (FTTH) connecting more than 10,000 homes. According to its 2017 Sustainability Report, TelOne said that “since 2016, the company... Read More →


Cameroon: Cameroon’s International Internet Bandwidth Increases By 157% During 2016

Show on map   Cameroon’s international Internet bandwidth reached 32.5 Gbps in 2016, according to the latest statistics published in August 2018 by the Ministère des Postes et Télécommunications (MINPOSTEL). This was a 157% increase compared to 12.631 Gbps in 2015, and 2.790 Gbps in 2011. In addition to the 32.5 Gbps reported by Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL), Viettel Cameroon also reported that its international Internet bandwidth reached 1.7 Gbps in 2016, compared to 500 Mbps in 2015 and 187 Mbps in 2014. “Between 2006 and 2016, Internet bandwidth has significantly increased, moving from 159 to 32,500 Mbits for international bandwidth,” said MINPOSTEL’s 2017 Statistical Yearbook, adding “this can be explained with respect to the ever increasing demand, and the effectiveness of three landing points.” Cameroon is currently connected to the SAT-3 (landing at Douala), WACS (Limbe), and NCSCS (Kribi) submarine cables. According to MINPOSTEL, the allocated capacity... Read More →


Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone Completes First Phase Of National Information and Communication Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB)

Show on map   During July 2018, Galaxy Backbone announced that it had completed the first phase of the National Information and Communications Technology Infrastructure Backbone (NICTIB) project connecting government ministries, departments and agencies. Galaxy Backbone Limited is an ICT services provider, wholly owned by the Federal Government of Nigeria. The first phase of the NICTIB project is a 1,482-km fibre optic network running from Abuja (the federal capital) to Lagos via Akwanga, Lafia, Makurdi, Enugu, Awka, Ontisha, Asaba, Benin City, Ore, and Ijebu Ode, with a route running from Onitsha to Uyo via Owerri and Port Harcourt. Galaxy Backbone has also deployed a metropolitan fibre optic network in Abuja (see Nigeria: Galaxy Backbone Builds 350-Km Fibre Metro Network In FCT). On 5 September 2018, Galaxy Backbone also signed a concessional loan agreement of US$328 million provided by the Exim Bank of China with Huawei for the deployment of the second phase of the project (NICTIB... Read More →


Cameroon: Installation Of SAIL Submarine Cable Linking Cameroon To Brazil Completed

Show on map   On 6 September 2018, the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) consortium announced that the marine installation of the 6,000-km submarine cable crossing the southern Atlantic ocean from Kribi (Cameroon) to Fortaleza (Brazil) was completed on 4 September. Utilising 100G technology, the 4 fibre pair SAIL system will have an initial capacity of 32 Tbps. SAIL is a joint investment by China Unicom (with its wholly-owned subsidiary, China Unicom do Brasil Telecomunicacoes Ltda) and CAMTEL. Huawei Marine Networks was awarded the contract to build the Cameroon - Brazil Cable System (CBCS) in October 2015 (see Cameroon: Huawei Marine Awarded Contract For Cameroon – Brazil Cable System (CBCS)). Source: Huawei  Read More →


Seychelles: Seychelles Cable Systems Signs MoU With PEACE Cable And Huawei

Show on map   On 5 September 2018, the Seychelles Cable Systems Company (SCS), PEACE (Pakistan East Africa Cable Express) Cable International Networks, Huawei Marine Networks and Huawei International signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a branch from the planned PEACE cable to the Seychelles. According to a statement issued by the government of Seychelles, work on the project is expected to start in 2019, with completion in 2020. 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. During May 2018, the government of Seychelles announced that it had agreed with SCS to build a second... Read More →


DRC: Helios Towers To Complete 1,800-Km Microwave Backbone Network Upgrade By December 2018

Show on map   Helios Towers, an independent tower company, announced on 15 August that it is investing in the upgrade and building of new microwave backbone sites covering 1,800-km in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The backbone network runs through multiple areas of DRC, including the Equatorial rainforest and Kasai-Central province. It provides the infrastructure to connect major towns and cities in DRC to voice and data technologies, transmitting signals through microwave from tower to tower up to 40-km apart. According to a company press release, the project is due for completion by December 2018, with the backbone network adding significant capacity to replace the existing satellite connectivity in the area and providing the infrastructure for increased 3G capacity and launch 4G in Kisangani, DRC’s third largest city, and launch 3G in Northern Kasai. Helios Towers says that the investment in the double-digit millions will support the continued improvement and expansion... Read More →