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South Sudan: Liquid Telecom Completes South Sudan’s First International Fibre Link, From Juba To Nimule (Uganda)

Liquid Telecom has announced that during January 2020 it has completed the construction of a 200-km fibre optic route connecting the capital city Juba to the border of Uganda through Nimule. This is South Sudan’s first international fibre optic link, and from the border with Uganda connects to Liquid Telecom’s 70,000-km regional fibre optic network and submarine cables landing in Mombasa (Kenya). In July 2019, Liquid Telecom announced that it had signed an agreement with the Government of South Sudan’s National Communication Authority to build a fibre optic link from Juba to Uganda, and had started construction (see South Sudan: Liquid Telecom Starts Construction Of 300-Km Fibre Route From Juba To Uganda). The operator said in a company press release that this marks the completion of the first phase of its project in South Sudan, adding that it had also completed multiple metropolitan fibre optic network clusters in Juba by January 2020, and in subsequent phases plans to expand the... Read More →


Tunisia: Tunisia’s International Bandwidth Reaches 780 Gbps In 2019

Tunisia’s international Internet bandwidth reached 780 Gbps in December 2019, according to latest statistics published by Instance Nationale des Télécommunications (INTT), a growth rate of 81% compared to 430 Gbps in December 2018 (see Tunisia: Tunisia’s International Bandwidth Reaches 430 Gbps In 2018). Of this total equipped capacity of 780 Gbps, INTT report that 486.2 Gbps was utilised by December 2019, compared to 450.9 Gbps in November and 412.4 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 →


Djibouti: DARE 1 Submarine Cable Lands In Djibouti, Completion Scheduled For June 2020

On 20 January 2020, Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and Telkom Kenya announced that the installation of the DARE 1 (Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1) submarine cable is underway, and that the cable has landed at La Siesta Beach in Djibouti. The installation of the 4,854-km DARE 1 submarine cable is scheduled to be completed in March 2020, according to a company press release, and the entire system is on track to be ready for provisional acceptance in June 2020. In addition to the installation of the submarine cable trunk, the installation of the two branch legs to the system’s four landing stations has also commenced. The landing stations are located in Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Puntland), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). In May 2016, a consortium of operators signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine cable, awarding the supply contract to TE Subcom (see Djibouti: Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE)... Read More →


Madagascar: TELMA’s National Fibre Backbone Network Reaches 10,000-Km

Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (TELMA) announced that its national fibre backbone has now reached 10,000-km, according to its 2018 Corporate Review. The operator has now completed new fibre routes running from Bealanana – Ambanja - Ambilobe, and Mandritsara – Mananara. In addition to its expanded long-haul network, TELMA has also now deployed metropolitan fibre optic networks in twelve towns and cities: the capital Antsiranana, and also in Toamasina, Antsirabe, Mahajanga, Toliara, Taolagnaro, Moramanga, Fianarantsoa, Ambatondrazaka, Morondava, Manakara, Fenerive-Est. In January 2017 TELMA announced that it planned to expand its national fibre backbone from 5,000-km to 11,000-km (see Madagascar: TELMA Plans To Double National Fibre Backbone Within Two Years), with the network reaching 9,000-km during 2018 (see Madagascar: TELMA’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 9,000-Km). Source: TELMA  Read More →


South Africa: DFA’s Metropolitan and Long-Haul Fibre Optic Network Reaches 13,600-Km

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 13,600-km by March 2019, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 10,554-km by March 2018, 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 10,554-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 →


Gabon: Gabon And Cameroon Sign Cross Border Interconnection Agreement

On 29 November 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Gabon and Cameroon relating to the interconnection of fibre optic networks between the two countries. The physical interconnection of networks will take place once the fibre optic link between Gabon and Cameroon is completed and enters service. In December 2017, the Ministère de l’Economie Numérique signed a contract with KT Corporation for the deployment of new fibre optic links in the north of Gabon (see Gabon: KT Corporation Wins Contract To Deploy Fibre Link With Cameroon And Equatorial Guinea). Forming part of the Central Africa Backbone (CAB 4) and Backbone National Gabonais (BNG) projects, this 528-km project comprises two fibre routes. The first 411-km route will link the city of Booué with neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea via Koumameyong, Lalara, Mitzic, Oyem, Bitam, Méyo Kyé (border with Equatorial Guinea) and Eboro (border with Cameroon). The second route is a 117-km extension... Read More →


Algeria: ORVAL/ ALVAL Submarine Cable Connecting Algeria And Spain Inaugurated

On 5 December 2019, the ORVAL (Oran, Algeria – Valencia, Spain) and ALVAL (Algiers, Algeria – Valencia, Spain) submarine cables were officially inaugurated, according to a government press release. The 770-km ORVAL/ ALVAL cable system comprises of the 560-km Oran - Valencia (ORVAL) submarine cable, and a 210-km branch running from the El Djamila cable landing station in Algiers – Valencia (ALVAL) which was added to the original design. Algeria’s Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications (MPTIC) signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent in April 2015 for the deployment of the ORVAL submarine cable system (see Algeria: Algerian MPTIC Awards Contract To Alcatel-Lucent For Orval Submarine Cable Linking Oran To Valencia (Spain)). Source: Ministère de la Poste, des Télécommunications, des Technologies et du Numérique (MPTTN)  Read More →


Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne Announces Submarine Cable Live And Ready For Commercial Service In Côte d’Ivoire

On 2 December 2019, the MainOne Cable Company announced that its submarine cable Main One was live and ready for service in Côte d’Ivoire. The 7,000-km, 4.96 Tbps Main One submarine 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 Canary Islands and Morocco (see Africa: Main One Cable Enters Service, 1 July 2010). In April 2018, MainOne announced that it had obtained a licence to land the Main One cable in Côte d’Ivoire (see Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne To Land Submarine Cable In Côte d’Ivoire), and in September 2018 that it had signed an agreement with Orange to land the cable in Senegal (see Senegal: Orange And MainOne Sign Agreement To Land The MainOne Cable In Dakar). On 31 August 2019, MainOne confirmed that an Orange Marine cable laying ship was in the process of deploying branches from the MainOne submarine... Read More →


Burundi: BBS Signs Ten Year International Bandwidth Capacity Agreement With TTCL

On 22 October 2019, Burundi Backbone System (BBS) announced that it had signed a ten year agreement for international bandwidth capacity with TTCL (Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd) in neighbouring Tanzania, according to a company press release. Through this agreement, TTCL will continue to provide international fibre optic connectivity to BBS via Kabanga and Manyovu over the National ICT Backbone (NICTBB) operated by TTCL to the SEACOM and EASSy submarine cables landing at Dar es Salaam (the capital). BBS has six international fibre routes: three routes via Rwanda, two via Tanzania, and one route to the DRC. Burundi’s international Internet bandwidth reached 6.425 Gbps in December 2018, according to the Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT) (see Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Increases By 34% During 2018). Source: BBS  Read More →


Cameroon: Cameroon’s International Bandwidth Reaches 92.5 Gbps, Dec 2018

Cameroon’s international Internet bandwidth capacity reached 92.50 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest statistics published by Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications Cameroun (ART). This compares to 32.5 Gbps in 2016, according to MINPOSTEL, 12.631 Gbps in 2015, and 2.790 Gbps in 2011 (see Cameroon: Cameroon’s International Internet Bandwidth Increases By 157% During 2016). The total bandwidth of 92.5 Gbps in December 2018 was split between Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL), MTN (with 17.5 Gbps), Orange (13 Gbps), and Viettel (4.7 Gbps). Cameroon is connected to the SAT-3, WACS, and NCSCS submarine cables, with the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) cable entering service in 2018 (see Cameroon: Installation Of SAIL Submarine Cable Linking Cameroon To Brazil Completed). Source: ART  Read More →