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Sierra Leone: Terrestrial Cross-Border Fibre Interconnect Completed Between Sierra Leone And Guinea Conakry

On 3 March 2020, the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM) announced that the national fibre optic networks in Sierra Leone and neighbouring Guinea were connected at Gbalamuya, Kambia district on 28 February.  According to a press release, the interconnection was completed in collaboration with major stakeholders including the Ministry of Information and Communications (MIC), the National Telecommunications Commission (NATCOM), the Sierra Leone Cable Ltd (SALCAB), Post, Telecommunications & Radio Authority (ARPT Guinea), the National Backbone Management and Operating Company (SOGEB Guinea), and Afritek Guinea. NATCOM says that the cross-border interconnection between Sierra Leone and Guinea provides redundancy for both countries: if the ACE submarine cable suffers an outage via the landing point in Sierra Leone at Freetown then Guinea will provide automatic through the interconnected fibre link at Gbalamuya, and vice versa if the cable suffers ab outage via the landing point... Read More →


Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s Used International Bandwidth Increases by 38% During 2019

Zimbabwe’s used incoming international Internet bandwidth reached 116.927 Gbps by the end of December 2019, according to latest statistics released by the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). This was a 38% increase compared to 84.683 in December 2018 (see also Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s Used International Bandwidth Increases by 76% During 2018). This total of 116.927 Gbps in December 2019 was split between Liquid Telecom with 59.4% (69.446 Gbps), TelOne with 34.2% (40.000 Gbps), Powertel with 4.3% (5.000 Gbps), and Dandemutande with 2.1% (2.496 Gbps). In its Q4 2019 sector performance report, POTRAZ reports that the equipped international bandwidth reached 127.715 Gbps in December 2019, a 12.6% increase compared to 113.405 Gbps in December 2018. POTRAZ also reports that the number of active fibre links reached 39,880 in December 2019, compared to 39,377 in 2018, 31,455 in 2017, compared to 19,698 in 2016, 13,849 in 2015, and 2,758 in 2014. Source: POTRAZ  Read More →


Guinea Conakry: 4,352-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Completed

The total length of Guinea’s national fibre optic backbone which has been completed reached 4,352-km during Q1 2020, according to Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB). This compared to a total length of 4,050-km by Q1 2019 (see Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s Fibre Inventory Reaches 5,000-Km), 3,138-km by Q2 2018 (see Guinea Conakry: 3,138-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Completed), and 1,200-km by the end of 2016 (see Guinea Conakry: First 1,200-Km Of National Fibre Backbone Planned For Completion By End 2016). The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information Technologies first announced plans to deploy the national fibre backbone in February 2012 (see Guinea Conakry: Guinea Plans 4,000-Km National Fibre Backbone), in December 2012 the government awarded the contract to Huawei (see Guinea Conakry: Huawei Wins USD 238 Million Contract To Deploy National Fibre Backbone), and in July 2015 Huawei started construction of the network (see Guinea Conakry:... Read More →


Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 80% During 2019

Rwanda reached an inbound international Internet bandwidth of 98.480 Gbps in December 2019, according to latest figures published by the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency (RURA). This was an 80% increase compared to 54.874 Gbps in December 2017, 25.370 Gbps in 2017, 10.362 Gbps in 2016, and 3.085 Gbps in 2012 (see Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 116% During 2018). Rwanda’s international bandwidth was 87.154 Gbps in September 2019, 64.548 Gbps in June 2019, and 62.124 Gbps in March 2019 according to RURA. The international bandwidth of 98.480 Gbps in December 2019 was split between Liquid Telecom (70 Gbps, compared to 33.0 Gbps in 2018 and 10.0 Gbps in 2017), MTN Rwanda (7.473 Gbps, compared to 6.449 Gbps in 2018 and 3.875 Gbps in 2017), Airtel/ TiGO (6.400 Gbps, compared to 5.700 Gbps in 2018; Airtel 1.870 Gbps in 2017 and TiGO 1.2 Gbps in 2017), BSC (5.900 Gbps, compared to 5.415 Gbps in 2018; 5.415 Gbps in 2017), KTRN (6.533 Gbps, compared to 2.860 Gbps... Read More →


Djibouti: Djibouti Telecom Renovates Terrestrial Fibre Optic Links To Ethiopia

On 10 March 2020, Djibouti Telecom announced that it is renovating its terrestrial fibre optic links to neighbouring Ethiopia. According to a company press release, the operator is renovating the 300-km routes from Djibouti – Galileh, and Djibouti – Galafi with 144 core G652D fibre optic cables. These diverse buried fibre optic routes to the border with Ethiopia are also protected by redundant fibre routes along an aerial OPGW power cable fibre link, and a fibre link along the railway network connecting Addis Ababa to Djibouti via Dire Dawa and Dewele (see Ethiopia: Ethio Telecom And Djibouti Telecom To Use Railway Communication Fibre For Telecom Services).  With seven operational submarine cables currently landing in Djibouti, Djibouti Telecom provides international Internet bandwidth to Ethio Telecom. In 2016 Ethio Telecom reported that its international Internet bandwidth was 37.5 Gbps, of which 14.9 Gbps was provided via Djibouti (see Ethiopia: Ethiopia’s International Bandwidth... Read More →


Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 59% During 2019

The inbound international Internet bandwidth of Seychelles reached 8.485 Gbps in December 2019 according to latest statistics released by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), a 59% increase compared with 5.34 in December 2018 (see also Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 45% During 2018). This compared with 3.688 in December 2017, 2.791 Gbps in 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) reported by DICT was 16.970 Gbps in 2019, compared to 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... Read More →


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

On 7 March 2020, Telkom Kenya announced that the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE 1) submarine cable had landed in Mombasa. In January 2020, Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and Telkom Kenya announced that the installation of the DARE 1 submarine cable was underway, and that the cable had landed at La Siesta Beach in Djibouti (see Djibouti: DARE 1 Submarine Cable Lands In Djibouti, Completion Scheduled For June 2020). 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.  According to a company press release, Telkom Kenya says that DARE 1 is a USD 86 million investment, and that the 36 Tbps cable will provide additional transmission options in Kenya and the greater East Africa region, having the largest cable capacity of all the submarine cables that land at Mombasa. In May 2016, a consortium of operators signed the Construction... Read More →


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 →


Somalia: DARE 1 Submarine Cable Lands In Mogadishu and Bossaso

On 19 February, Djibouti Telecom announced that the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE 1) submarine cable had landed in Mogadishu and Bossaso en route from Djibouti to Mombasa (Kenya). In January 2020, Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and Telkom Kenya announced that the installation of the DARE 1 submarine cable was underway, and that the cable had landed at La Siesta Beach in Djibouti (see Djibouti: DARE 1 Submarine Cable Lands In Djibouti, Completion Scheduled For June 2020). 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 May 2016, a consortium of operators signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) for the DARE submarine cable, awarding the supply contract to TE Subcom (see Djibouti: Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) Consortium Sign Construction and Maintenance Agreement). Source: Djibouti... 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 →