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Uganda: Phase 4 of National Fibre Backbone Project Launched In West Nile And Karamoja

On 11 May 2019, Ugandan President Yoweri Museveni officially launched phase four of the National Data Transmission Backbone Infrastructure and e-Government Infrastructure (NBI/ EGI) Project in the West Nile and Karamoja regions. The government of Uganda through the National Information Technology Authority Uganda (NITA-U) with funding from the World Bank, is implementing the national backbone project to connect districts and towns across the country. According to a government press release, phase four of the NBI project has commenced and will extend to the districts of Pakwach, Nebbi, Arua, Yumbe, Koboko, Adjumani, Katakwi and the border points of Oraba, Vurra and Mpondwe. It will also provide new international connections to neighbouring countries of South Sudan and Eastern Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) as well as helping position Uganda as a regional communication hub and bring public services closer to people, with 100 government offices in the areas of West Nile and Karamoja to... Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 5,500-Km

Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom has reported that its fibre optic network in Kenya has now reached 5,500-km. The operator’s fibre deployment in the capital city Nairobi and other towns across Kenya compares with 5,000-km in March 2018, 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’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 5,000-Km). 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). Source: Safaricom  Read More →

Senegal: Sonatel’s International Bandwidth Reaches 172 Gbps During 2018

Sonatel announced that its international Internet bandwidth reached 172 Gbps during 2018 in its 2018 annual report, a 115% increase compared to 80 Gbps in 2017 and 40 Gbps in 2016 (see Senegal: Sonatel Doubles International Bandwidth To 80 Gbps During 2017, Expands National Fibre Backbone). Sonatel is connected to the Atlantis-2, SAT-3 and ACE submarine cables which land in Dakar (the capital), and the operator also provides international bandwidth to its neighbouring countries. Sonatel said that during 2018 capacity was upgraded on the SAT-3 cable, work on the extension of the ACE cable from Sao Tomé to South Africa continued (see Africa: ACE Consortium Announces Launch Of Phase II, From Sao Tomé & Principe To South Africa), and that an agreement was signed to land the Main One cable in the capital city of Dakar (see Senegal: Orange And MainOne Sign Agreement To Land The MainOne Cable In Dakar). Source: Sonatel  Read More →

Mauritius: International Bandwidth of Mauritius Reaches 150 Gbps During 2018

The international Internet bandwidth capacity of Mauritius reached 150.98 Gbps during 2018, according to latest statistics reported by the Information and Commmunication Technology Authority of Mauritius (ICTA). This was a 57% increase compared to an international Internet bandwidth of 96.3 Gbps in 2017, 42.5 Gbps in 2016, 21.305 Gbps in 2015, 17.077 Gbps in 2014, and 11.921 Gbps in 2013 (see also Mauritius: International Bandwidth of Mauritius Increases by 127% During 2017). Source: ICTA  Read More →

Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Increases by 34% During 2018

Burundi’s international Internet bandwidth reached 6.425 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest statistics published by the Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT). This was a 34% increase compared to 4.8 Gbps in 2017 (see Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Reaches 4.8 Gbps, Dec 2017). Two operators provide international fibre connectivity to Burundi, Burundi Backbone System (BBS) and Viettel Burundi (Lumitel). ARCT says that five ISPs have signed commercial agreements with foreign providers: BBS, Viettel, Onatel, Econet LEO and CBINet. BBS provides the international transport capacity to the other four ISPs, while Viettel provides its own international connectivity. BBS has six international fibre routes: three routes via Rwanda, two via Tanzania, and one route to the DRC. In December 2016, Viettel had three international fibre routes, two via Tanzania and one via Rwanda (see also Tanzania: Halotel’s Fibre Network Reaches 18,000-Km in 2017). Source:... Read More →

Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.142 Tbps, December 2018

  Kenya’s international Internet bandwidth reached 1.142 Tbps in December 2018 according to latest statistics released by the Communications Authority (CA). This was an annual increase of 25% compared to 916.287 reported in December 2017 (see Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Reaches 916 Gbps, December 2017), and compares with 860.570 Gbps in 2016, 854.551 Gbps in 2015, 498.121 Gbps in 2014, and 365.413 Gbps in 2013 (source: CA/ CCK). The total figure of 1,142.32 Gbps in December 2018 was reported as the ‘international Internet used bandwidth’, compared with 4,605.57 Gbps of ‘international Internet available bandwidth’. Of the total used bandwidth of 1,142.32 Gbps in December 2018, 1,137.1 Gbps was provided by submarine cable and 5.22 Gbps was provided by satellite. The amount of satellite capacity has increased dramatically from 270.3 Mbps in December 2016 to 5.22 Gbps by December 2018. Before the first submarine cable landing in Kenya entered into service in July... Read More →

Equatorial Guinea: GITGE Plans Expansion Of RNFO National Fibre Backbone

  GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial) has published an update on the deployment of its National Fibre Optic Network, the Red Nacional de Fibra Óptica (RNFO). The backbone, inaugurated in 2014, currently connects 19 cities according to GITGE: three on the island of Bioko (Malabo, Luba and Riaba) and the other 16 in mainland Equatorial Guinea (Bata, Machinda, Niefang, Nkimi, Nkue, Micomeseng, Bidjabijan, Ebibeyin, Ayene, Anisoc, Mongomeyen, Mongomo, Oyala, Evinayong, Bicurga) (see also Equatorial Guinea: Government Inaugurates 1,000-Km National Fibre Optic Backbone). According to an update GITGE published in December 2018, the RNFO network will be extended to reach the towns of Asok, Akonibe, Nsok, Oveng, Acurenam, Midjobo, Nkoho, Cogo, the island of Annobon, Mbini, Mboete, Cabo San Juan, and Corisco. During September 2018, GITGE announced that it has started the deployment of the 263-km long Ultramar submarine cable connecting Sao Tomé (the... Read More →

Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s Used International Bandwidth Increases by 76% During 2018

Show on map   Zimbabwe’s used incoming international Internet bandwidth reached 84.683 Gbps by the end of December 2018, according to latest statistics released by the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). This was a 76% increase compared to 48.017 Gbps in December 2017. This total of 84.683 Gbps in December 2018 was split between Liquid Telecom with a market share of 61.1% (51.74 Gbps), TelOne with 32.2% (27.27 Gbps), Powertel with 4.0% (3.39 Gbps), and Dandemutande with 2.7% (2.29 Gbps). In its Q4 2018 sector performance report, POTRAZ reports that the equipped international bandwidth reached 113.405 Gbps in December 2018, an 11% increase compared to 102.080 Gbps in December 2017 (see also Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s Used International Bandwidth Increases by 46% During 2017). POTRAZ also reports that the number of active fibre links reached 39,377 in December 2018, compared to 31,455 in December 2017, compared to 19,698 in December 2016, 13,849 in December 2015,... Read More →

Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 45% During 2018

Show on map   The international Internet bandwidth of Seychelles reached 5.344 Gbps in December 2018 according to latest statistics released by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), a 45% increase compared with 3.688 in December 2017 (see also Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 32% During 2017). This compared with 2.791 Gbps in December 2016, 2.092 Gbps 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 10.688 Gbps in 2018, 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. The Seychelles is currently served by one submarine cable (SEAS), with a second (PEACE) due to be completed during 2020. 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... Read More →

Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Reaches Increases By 116% During 2018

Show on map   Rwanda reached an inbound international Internet bandwidth of 54.874 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest figures published by the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency (RURA). This was a 116% increase compared to 25.370 Gbps in December 2017, 10.362 Gbps in 2016, and 3.085 Gbps in 2012 (see Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Reaches 25.370 Gbps During 2017). Rwanda’s international bandwidth was 48.600 Gbps in September 2018, 49.074 Gbps in June 2018, and 26.130 Gbps in March 2018 according to RURA. The international bandwidth of 54.874 Gbps in December 2018 was split between Liquid Telecom (33.0 Gbps, compared to 10.0 Gbps in 2017), MTN Rwanda (6.449 Gbps; 3.875 Gbps in 2017), Airtel/ TiGO (5.700 Gbps; Airtel 1.870 Gbps in 2017 and TiGO 1.2 Gbps in 2017), BSC (5.415 Gbps; 5.415 Gbps in 2017), KT (2.860 Gbps; 2.010 Gbps in 2017), Axiom Network (1.200 Gbps; 700 Mbps in 2017), and ISPA (250 Mbps; 250 Mbps in 2017). Before the completion of terrestrial... Read More →