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South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,554-Km

Show on map   Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 10,554-km by March 2018, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 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 9,854-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 →


Algeria: Algerie Telecom Completes Fibre Link From Adrar – Tindouf

Show on map   During November 2017, Algerie Telecom announced that it had completed a fibre optic link stretching more than 1,000-km from Adrar to Tindouf, completing a south western ring running from Abadla – Benni Abbes – Adrar – Tindouf – Abadla. Previously, during February 2018, the CEO of Algerie Telecom announced the launch of construction work on this link to secure the fibre backbone network in the south west of the country. According to Algerie Presse Service, the CEO of Algerie Telecom also said that the operator’s national fibre network reached a total of 140,000-km during November 2018, including 93,000-km of long-haul backbone links. The Algerian Ministère de la Poste, des Télécommunications, des Technologies et du Numérique (MPTTN) reports that the length of optical fibre was 81,872-km in 2017, 76,515-km in 2016, 70,700 in 2015, 61,556 in 2014 and 50,800 in 2013 (see also Algeria: Algerie Telecom’s Fibre Backbone increases By 6,000-Km During 2017). Meanwhile,... Read More →


Madagascar: TELMA’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 9,000-Km

Show on map   Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (TELMA) announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 9,000-km, according to its 2017 Corporate Review. The operator has now completed new fibre routes from Antsohihy - Bealanana - Andapa – Sambava, and from Antsohihy - Mandritsara - Andilamena – Tanambe which have now entered service. In addition, a new fibre route from Ihosy to Tolarno is also currently under construction. In January 2017 TELMA announced that it planned to expand its national fibre backbone from 5,000-km to 11,000-km in the next two years (see Madagascar: TELMA Plans To Double National Fibre Backbone Within Two Years). According to L’Express de Madagascar, the operator planned to invest up to US$ 250 million in the period from 2017 – 2019 with the objective of covering all cities in the country. In October 2014, TELMA completed a 2,000-km northern fibre ring running from Toamasina – Antsiranana – Mahajanga (see Madagascar: TELMA Completes Fibre... Read More →


Cape Verde: Cabo Verde Telecom And EllaLink Sign Contract For Submarine Cable Connecting Brazil, Cape Verde And Portugal

Show on map On 13 December 2018, Cabo Verde Telecom (CV Telecom) and EllaLink signed a contract for the implementation of the 6,000-km EllaLink submarine cable which will run from Brazil (Praia Grande and Fortaleza) to Portugal (Sines) via Cape Verde (Praia) and Madeira. The EllaLink cable will have a design capacity of 72 Tbps and is scheduled to be Ready for Service in 2020. Previously, in June 2018 CV Telecom and EllaLink signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) for the new cable system. According to a company press release, EllaLink said that the alliance with CV Telecom, alongside existing agreements and support from EllaLink’s equity sponsor Marguerite II, will enable commencement of implementation activities for the project. Cape Verde is currently served by two international submarine cables: the Atlantis II cable which entered service in 2000, and WACS which entered service in May 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). During October 2018, an agreement was... Read More →


Guinea Conakry: 3,138-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Completed

Show on map   On 5 November 2018, the Ministères des Postes, des Télécommunications & de l’Économie Numérique (MPTEN) published an update on the deployment of the 4,000-km national fibre backbone by the Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB). Dated as at July 2018, the progress map shows that 3,138-km of the fibre optic backbone has been completed, with 1,236-km still under construction. This includes 2,822-km of fibre backbone routes which have been accepted by July 2018, 316-km of routes in which the fibre was finished, 289-km of routes in which civil works have been completed, and 947-km of routes in which civil works were still underway. During April 2018, the regulator Autorité de Régulation des Postes et Télécommunications (ARPT) provided an update in its 2017 report, showing that the 360-km fibre route running from Kankan – Kerouane – Beyla – N’Zérékoré had been completed. ARPT also said that the route from Faranah –... Read More →


Mali: Government Approves Loan For 817-Km Fibre Optic Network Expansion

Show on map   On 28 September 2018, a loan agreement was signed by the governments of Mali, China and the Export-Import Bank of China for the implementation of the ‘Mali Numérique 2020’ project, according to reports. As part of this project, 817-km of new fibre optic network will be deployed, comprising the 420-km route from Mopti – Gao, the 199-km route from Mopti – Koro – Bi (on the border with Burkina Faso), 198-km route from Gao – Labazenga (on the border with Niger), and a 100-km FTTH (fibre-to-the-home) network (see also Mali: Construction Work To Expand Mali’s Fibre Backbone BY 1,300-Km Due To Start In June 2015). Valued at some CFA Franc (US$162 million), the overall project will be implemented by China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) and is due to be completed within two years. Source: Ministre de l’Economie Numérique et de la Communication, Depeches du Mali, Le Journal de l’Economie Malienne  Read More →


Chad: Agreement Signed For Operation Of Fibre Network Linking Chad And Sudan

Show on map   On 28 August 2018, an agreement was reportedly signed between the government of Chad and a company called ‘Souda-Chad’ to operate the fibre optic network between N’Djamena (the capital of Chad) and Adré on the border with neighbouring Sudan. In September 2017, the Ministère des Postes et des Nouvelles Technologies, de l’Information et de la Communication (MPNTIC) issued a communiqué stating the intention to award a public private partnership (PPP) concession for the operational management and marketing of fibre optic backbone networks in Chad. Previously, in November 2015, an agreement was signed in Khartoum (the Sudanese capital) between Sudan and Chad to interconnect their networks across the border (see Chad: Sudan and Chad Sign Agreement To Interconnnect Fibre Networks). On 28 July 2018, the fibre optic route connecting Chad with Sudan was provisionally accepted by the government and the contractor Huawei. The 1059-km fibre route runs from N’Djamena... Read More →


Cape Verde: Agreement Signed for Cabo Amilcar Cabral Submarine Cable Connecting Cape Verde And Guinea Conakry

Show on map   On 23 October 2018, an agreement was signed in Praia (the capital) for a new submarine cable connecting Cape Verde with Guinea Conakry. According to a government press release, the agreement for the ‘Cabo Amilcar Cabral’ submarine cable was signed between Cabo Verde Telecom (CV Telecom) and GUILAB (Guinéenne de Large Bande SA). The estimated cost of the cable is reportedly US$ 44 million, which will be shared between CV Telecom, GUILAB and other regional stakeholders. The new Cabo Amilcar Cabral cable will provide a second international submarine cable landing for Guinea Conakry, and will also help to improve and strengthen regional connectivity within the ECOWAS region (Economic Community of West African States). The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable, which was the first international submarine cable to land in Guinea Conakry, entered into service in December 2012 (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). Cape Verde is now served... Read More →


Africa: Africa’s International Bandwidth Reaches 7.939 Tbps in 2017

Cables, customers, and capacity: since the first Africa Telecom Transmission Map was published in 2009, Africa’s terrestrial fibre optic cable networks have expanded more than 3 times, bringing more than half of the population of sub-Saharan Africa within reach of an operational fibre optic network, and its international Internet bandwidth capacity has increased by more than 100 times. According to the tenth annual edition of the Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research for 2018/9, the inventory of operational fibre optic network reached 936,102-km by June 2018 compared to 278,056-km in June 2009 (see chart 1 below). The number of people in sub-Saharan Africa living within reach of an operational fibre optic network more than doubled to 556 million (54.2%) by June 2018 (see Fibre Reach maps below). And Africa’s international Internet bandwidth reached 7.939 Tbps by December 2017, compared to just 67 Gbps in December 2007 (see chart 2 below). Chart 1: Route-Kms... Read More →


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 →