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Mauritania: ZTE Completes Deployment Of National Fibre Optic Backbone Network

On 22 December 2020, ZTE Corporation announced that it had completed the deployment of the national fibre optic backbone network in Mauritania. As an important part of WARCIP (West African Regional Communications Infrastructure Program) financed by the World Bank, the project covers the construction of backbone network and Metropolitan Area Network (MAN) totalling 1,760 km of fibre optic network. This total includes the following trunk backbone routes: Nouakchott – Atar – Choum (555-km), Rosso – Boghé – Kaédi – Sélibabi – Kiffa (749-km), and Aioun – Néma (288-km) (see also Mauritania: Mauritania’s International Bandwidth Reaches 18 Gbps, ZTE Wins Contract For National Fibre Backbone Expansion). “The construction of Mauritania's first national backbone network has played a critical role in the development of communications infrastructure throughout the country and even in West Africa,” said Mr. Li Jianhua, ZTE's Managing Director of the project in a company press... Read More →


Central African Republic: 200-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Deployed, Completion Expected In July 2021

On 3 December 2020 the Minister of Posts and Telecommunications of Central Africa Republic said that some 200-km of the national fibre optic backbone has been completed so far, with the project now due to be completed by the end of July 2021. Due to be implemented over the period 2018 – 2021, the project consists in the laying of 1,000-km of fibre optic cable along the following two roads: (i) Bangui – Boali – Bossembélé – Yaloké – Bawi – Baoro – Carnot - Berberati – Gamboula (to Kentzou on the border with Cameroon); and (ii) Bangui – Berberati – Nola – Bayanga (towards Bomassa, on the border with Congo). There are also plans to build a 50-km metropolitan fibre optic network in Bangui. In 2018, an official ceremony was held in the capital Bangui to launch the construction of the national fibre backbone (see Central African Republic: Construction of 1,050-Km National Fibre Backbone Commences). In December 2017, the African Development Bank (AfDB) announced that financing... Read More →


Botswana: Liquid Telecom Implements Cross Border Fibre Link To South Africa Via Lobatse

On 26 November 2020, Liquid Telecom announced that it has activated an 82-km fibre optic link from Gaborone (the capital) to Lobatse near the border with South Africa, providing a new cross-border interconnection between Botswana and South Africa. According to a company press release, this implementation gives more people in Botswana access to Liquid Telecom’s footprint of over 73,000-km of Pan African fibre, and increased access to the global digital economy. Source: Liquid Telecom  Read More →


Chad: Chad’s International Bandwidth Increases Almost Fivefold To Reach 19 Gbps During 2019

Chad’s international Internet bandwidth reached 19.121 Gbps in December 2019, a 378% increase compared to 4.003 Gbps in 2018, according to latest figures released by ARCEP. Chad’s international Internet bandwidth was previously 2.135 Gbps in 2017, 1.405 Gbps in 2016, 1.002 Gbps in 2015, 270 Mbps in 2014, and 186 Mbps in 2013 (see also Chad: Chad’s International Bandwidth Increases By 87.5% During 2018). In December 2019 the market was split between TiGO which had 4.850 Gbps of international bandwidth (1.330 Mbps in 2017), Airtel which had 4.788 Gbps (2.148 Gbps in 2017), and Sotelchad which had 207 Mbps (207 Mbps in 2018), but overwhelmingly the main growth came from ISPs which between them had 9.276 Gbps (compared to 318 Mbps in 2018). Chad has been connected since 2012 by an 800-km fibre optic link from the capital city N'Djamena to the SAT-3/WASC submarine cable landing point via Cameroon. In July 2018 the new 1,059-km eastern fibre route from N'Djamena to the border with Sudan... Read More →


Chad: Chad Starts Construction Of 503-Km Trans-Saharan Fibre Optic Backbone Route To Niger

On 24 November 2020, the government of Chad announced the start of construction of the Trans-Saharan Backbone (Dorsale Transsaharienne à fibre optique, DTS) in Chad. The DTS project involves the completion of missing fibre optic links in Niger and Chad to complete a Trans-Saharan fibre optic backbone interconnecting Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Mali (see Chad: MoU Signed For Trans-Saharan Fibre Optic Backbone (DTS) Project Connecting Algeria, Niger, Nigeria, Chad and Mali). This involves the deployment of fibre optic cable on sections of the Route Trans Saharienne (RTS) road between Algeria, Nigeria and Chad, including 503-km of routes in Chad from Daboua – Rigrig – Mao - N’gouri - Massakory and Massaguet, and 1,007-km of routes in Niger from Assamaka (Algeria) – Arlit – Agadez – Tanout – Zinder - Nguigui (Chad) and Tinkin (Nigeria). Source: Tchad Infos, Minister of Post and Digital Economy, Agence Ecofin  Read More →


Africa: Orange Announces Commercial Launch of 'Djoliba' West African Regional Fibre Optic Backbone

On 10 November 2020, Orange and its subsidiaries announced the commissioning and commercial launch of 'Djoliba', a West African regional fibre optic backbone network. The new network is operated and maintained from Dakar (Senegal) and covers eight countries: Senegal, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, and Nigeria. The network comprises of more than 10,000-km of terrestrial fibre optic network running through Senegal, Mali, Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire and Ghana, coupled with the SAT-3, ACE and Main One submarine cables landing in Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Accra (Ghana) and Lagos (Nigeria). According to a company press release, Orange says that Djoliba is the first network that offers complete security in West Africa with more than 10,000 km of terrestrial fibre optic network, coupled with 10,000 km of undersea cables, superfast broadband provision (up to 100 Gbit/s) and a 99.99% availability rate. This network covers 16 points of presence... Read More →


Angola: Nzadi Consortium And WFN Strategies Announce 750-Km Nzadi Cable System From Luanda To Cabinda To Connect Offshore Oil And Gas Platforms

On 27 October 2020, the Nzadi Consortium and WFN Strategies announced the commencement of the Nzadi Cable System Project in Angola. The 750-km Nzadi Cable System will comprise a main trunk submarine cable running from Luanda (the capital) to Cabinda in Angola with a branching unit for future connection to Soyo, as well as potential system northward expansion to both the Republic of Congo and Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC). The Nzadi Cable System will consist of up to 14 fibre pairs and will connect some 15 to 30 offshore oil and gas platforms, according to a company press release, and the Ready For Service (RFS) date of the Nzadi Cable System is the fourth quarter of 2023. The Nzadi Consortium is a joint initiative of two wholly owned and recently created Angolan special purpose vehicles (SPV) – Kakike, Lda. and KumoxiCom, Lda. Source: WFN Strategies  Read More →


Kenya: ICT Authority Starts Construction of Second 630-Km Fibre Route Towards South Sudan

On 23 October 2020, the ICT Authority of Kenya announced that the work to rehabilitate the existing fibre optic route from Eldoret to Nakadok on the border with South Sudan has been completed, and that the construction of a new 630-km fibre optic cable along a similar route has also started. The National Optical Fibre Backbone Infrastructure (NOFBI) commissioned by the Kenyan government had previously been completed as far as Lokichoggio in north western Kenyan, only some 60-km from the border with South Sudan. The Kshs 3 billion (US$ 28 million) project is jointly funded by both the government of Kenya and World Bank. The new 630-km fibre optic route under construction will run from Eldoret to the border with South Sudan at Nakodok via Kitale, Lodwar, Kakuma, Lokichar and Lokichoggio. According to a press release, the project has been under implementation since November 2015 and is due for completion in December 2021. Besides the fibre optic cable, the World Bank will finance construction... Read More →


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 →