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Namibia: Namibia’s International Bandwidth Reaches 27.68 Gbps, December 2016

Show on map   Namibia’s international Internet bandwidth reached 27.68 Gbps in December 2016, according to latest data published by CRAN (Communications Regulatory Authority of Namibia). This compares to 12.210 Gbps reported in 2013, and 4.974 Gbps in December 2012 (see also Namibia: Namibia’s International Bandwidth Reaches 12.210 Gbps, December 2013). This dramatic increase in bandwidth follows the entry into service of the WACS submarine cable which lands in Namibia during 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). In its 2014/5 Annual Report, Telecom Namibia said that “our upstream utilisation, supporting our national broadband offerings has more than doubled since the inauguration of the West African Cable System (WACS) in June 2012, approaching 15 Gbps. TN has also since then partook in the first capacity upgrade of the West African Cable System which was completed in the last quarter of 2015.” Source: CRAN, Telecom Namibia  Read More →


Senegal: Sonatel Increases International Bandwidth To 40 Gbps

Show on map   Sonatel increased its international bandwidth to 40 Gbps by 31 December 2016, according to its 2016 annual report. This compares to 9.014 Gbps five years ago in December 2011 (see Senegal: Senegal’s International Bandwidth Reaches 9.014 Gbps, December 2011). The ARTP (l’Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications et des Postes du Sénégal) meanwhile reported that Senegal’s international Internet bandwidth had reached 35 Gbps by the start of December 2016 (see Senegal: Senegal’s International Bandwidth Reaches 35 Gbps, December 2016). 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. Source: Sonatel  Read More →


Liberia: CSquared To Build Metro Fibre Network In Monrovia

Show on map   On 24 July 2017, the Government of Liberia, CSquared and US Agency for International Development (USAID) announced a US$ 12 million connectivity investment for Liberia, including the deployment of a shared metropolitan fibre network in the capital Monrovia. "We are excited to be expanding into Monrovia, Liberia, our 3rd country after Uganda and Ghana,” said Estelle Akofio-Sowah, CSquared’s West Africa Regional Manager in a company press release. “CSquared is committed to working with partners like the Government of Liberia and USAID to expand the ways people around Africa can reliably and affordably connect to the Internet. With 60% of the population of Liberia under the age of 24, we anticipate unprecedented growth in data consumption.” In May 2017 Google, Convergence Partners, International Finance Corporation (IFC) and Mitsui & Co signed an agreement to invest in CSquared, a broadband infrastructure company focused on building wholesale metro fibre optic... Read More →


Equatorial Guinea: CEIBA-2 Submarine Cable Enters Service

Show on map   The CEIBA-2 submarine cable system connecting Malabo (the capital) to the mainland at Bata entered operational service in March 2017, according to GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial). The 290-km cable has an initial lit capacity of 40 Gbps, according to the operator, and a design capacity of 8 Tbps. GITGE says that the CEIBA-2 submarine cable fulfils two objectives: it protects the CEIBA-1 submarine cable between Bata and Malabo, and also acts as second international connection point for Equatorial Guinea. The CEIBA-2 cable has a branching unit towards Kribi (Cameroon), and the operator says that the system has ‘three technical buildings’ in Bata, Malabo and Kribi. GITGE adds that CEIBA-2 interconnects with the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, as the landing stations of CEIBA-2 and ACE are located next to each other in Bata and are directly connected by fibre. The CEIBA-1 cable connecting Malabo to Bata was completed... Read More →


Guinea Bissau: Guinea Bissau To Build Festoon Cable To Connect To ACE Submarine Cable In Dakar (Senegal)

Show on map   During July 2017, the Government of Guinea Bissau announced that it has signed an agreement with the World Bank, Orange and MTN to connect to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable, according to Reuters. Due for completion within eighteen months, the project will see the deployment of a 464-km unrepeatered festoon cable running from Bissau (Guinea Bissau) to Dakar (Senegal) where it will interconnect with the ACE system. Guinea Bissau is the only coastal country in West Africa that is not now connected to a submarine cable. For the time being, the country’s international bandwidth is provided by a cross-border fibre optic link with Senegal, microwave links to Senegal and Guinea, and by satellite. Launched in December 2012, ACE is the sixth submarine cable serving West Africa following Atlantis 2 which was launched in 2000, SAT-3/WASC in 2002, Main One in 2010, GLO-1 in 2010, and WACS in 2012 (see also Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE... Read More →


Burkina Faso: Onatel’s International Bandwidth Reaches 10.6 Gbps, December 2016

Show on map   Fixed-line incumbent Onatel reported that its activated international Internet bandwidth reached 10.6 Gbps, an annual increase of 89%, according to its 2016 annual report. Meanwhile, on 15 May 2017, the operator said that its international bandwidth was 13.1 Gbps, with a utilisation rate of 47% (6.157 Gbps) at the time. By July 2017, Onatel’s bandwidth had reportedly reached 13.7 Gbps, according to Le Faso newspaper. The operator’s international bandwidth previously reached 5.6 Gbps in 2015 according to its 2015 annual report (see Burkina Faso: Onatel’s International Bandwidth Reaches 5.6 Gbps, 2015), compared to 4.2 Gbps in 2014 and 1.866 Gbps in 2013. Onatel has diverse international fibre routes to neighbouring countries: Côte d’Ivoire with two operators, Ghana, Mauritania via Mali, and Togo. In its 2016 annual report, the operator said that it had put into service SDH STM-64 (9.953 Gbps) links with MTN Côte d’Ivoire and Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, and increased... Read More →


Mayotte: Orange Signs C&MA For FLY-LION3 Submarine Cable Between Mayotte And Grande Comore

Show on map   On 12 July 2017, Orange announced that it had signed a Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) for the FLY-LION3 (Lower Indian Ocean Network) submarine cable in consortium with Société Réunionnaise du Radiotelephone (SRR) and Comores Câbles. According to a company press release, the 400-km cable will run from Mayotte to Grand Comore, have a capacity of 4 Tbps (two fibre pairs equipped with wavelength-division multiplexing to achieve a capacity of 20 x 100 Gbps per pair), and is expected to be commissioned in 2018. The FLY-LION 3 cable is an extension of the existing LION and LION2 cables, according to the press release. These two cables, commissioned respectively in November 2009 (see Madagascar: LION Submarine Cable Enters Service) and April 2012 (see Mayotte: France Telecom Announces Launch of Commercial Service on LION2 Submarine Cable), connect the islands of the Indian Ocean - Mauritius, Madagascar, Reunion and Mayotte - as well as Kenya with a landing... Read More →


Djibouti: AAE-1 Submarine Cable Enters Service

Show on map   On 27 June 2017, the Italian operator Retelit announced the commercial launch of the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable. The AAE-1 cable landed at the Haramous cable landing station in Djibouti in February 2016 (see Djibouti: AAE-1 Submarine Cable Lands In Djibouti), and is the seventh submarine cable to serve Djibouti after Aden – Djibouti, EASSy, EIG, SEACOM, SEAMEWE-3, and SEAMEWE-5. The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable landed in Djibouti in March 2016, and was completed in December 2016 (see Djibouti: SEA-ME-WE 5 Submarine Cable Lands In Djibouti). In addition, Djibouti Telecom is also investing in the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) and Australia West Express (AWE) cables. In May 2016, Djibouti Telecom was one of seven operators which signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) cable due to enter service in May 2018 (see Djibouti: Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) Consortium Sign... Read More →


South Africa: Telkom Reaches 219,825 FTTH Homes Passed, March 2017

Show on map   Telkom South Africa reported that it had reached 219,825 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed and 52,755 fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) end points terminating by March 2017, according to its 2017 Annual Results. The operator said that it had a connectivity rate of 18% (40,627 FTTH subscribers) by March 2017. This roll out compared to 144,512 homes passed (18,787 FTTH subscribers) by September 2016, 81,503 homes passed (8,129 FTTH subscribers) by 31 March 2016, and 38,000 homes passed in August 2015 (see South Africa: Telkom Reaches 81,503 FTTH Homes Passed, March 2016). The 52,755 FTTB end points terminating in March 2017 compares to 42,176 by September 2016. In addition, Telkom said that 1,991,449 homes were passed with fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) compared to 1,451,986 in March 2016, and that 5,928 base stations were connected by fibre by March 2017. Telkom also said that its national fibre network had increased to 149,000-km in the year to March 2017. Source: Telkom  Read More →


Burkina Faso: ANPTIC Deploying 1,070-Km Fibre Network To Connect 13 Regional Capitals

Show on map   On 22 April 2017, the Ministère du Développement de l'Économie Numérique et des Postes (MDENP), through the l’Agence Nationale de Promotion des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (ANPTIC), officially launched the construction of a 1,070-km fibre network comprising of metropolitan fibre optic networks in thirteen regional capitals and a number of new long-haul fibre optic routes. This infrastructure is part of the implementation of the MDENP’s Réseau Informatique National de l’Administration (RESINA) programme to interconnect government administrations using G-Cloud (see below), and forms part of the government’s National Fibre Optic Backbone project. According to an ANPTIC press release, some 420-km of metropolitan fibre optic network will be deployed in 13 regional capitals: Dédougou, Banfora, Ouagadougou (the capital), Tenkodogo, Kaya, Koudougou, Manga, N’gourma, Bobo Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Ziniaré, Dori and Gaoua. In addition, ANPTIC... Read More →