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Rwanda: Rwanda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 23.9% During 2016

Show on map   Rwanda had a total (inbound plus outbound) international Internet bandwidth of 19.024 Gbps in December 2016, according to latest figures published by the Rwanda Utilities and Regulatory Agency (RURA). This was a 23.9% increase compared to 15.352 Gbps in December 2015, and compares with 11.934 Gbps in 2014, 10.222 Gbps in 2013, 8.108 Gbps in 2012, and 4.280 Gbps in 2011 (note revised historic totals reported by RURA, see also Rwanda: Rwanda’s Total International Bandwidth Increases By 10.4%, December 2015) The total international bandwidth of 19.024 Gbps reported in December 2015 was a split between 10.362 Gbps of inbound (‘downlink’), and 8.662 Gbps of outbound (‘uplink’) bandwidth, according to RURA. Total inbound international bandwidth was split between BSC (2.810 Gbps), KTRN (2.017 Gbps), MTN Rwanda (1.705 Gbps), Airtel (1.420 Gbps), Liquid Telecom (1.0 Gbps), TiGO (900 Mbps), Axiom Network (200 Mbps), ISPA (200 Mbps), New Artel (60 Mbps), and 4G Network... Read More →


Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s International Bandwidth Increases By 107% During 2016

Show on map   Zimbabwe’s used international Internet bandwidth reached 32.645 Gbps by the end of December 2016, according to latest statistics released by the Postal and Telecommunications Authority of Zimbabwe (POTRAZ). This was a 107% increase compared to 15.785 Gbps in December 2015 (see Zimbabwe: Zimbabwe’s International Bandwidth Increases By 43% During 2015). This total used international Internet bandwidth of 32.645 Gbps in December 2016 was split between Liquid Telecom with 17.095 Gbps, TelOne with 12.210 Gbps, Powertel with 1.860 Gbps, Dantemutande with 1.160 Gbps, and Africom with 320 Mbps. In its Q4 2016 sector performance report, POTRAZ reports that the equipped international bandwidth reached 75.975 Gbps in December 2016, split between Liquid Telecom with 60 Gbps, TelOne with 12.400 Gbps, Powertel with 1.860 Gbps, Dantemutande with 1.250 Gbps, and Africom with 465 Mbps. The total of 75.975 Gbps in December 2016 was a 283% increase compared to 19.864 Gbps of equipped... Read More →


Uganda: Facebook Partners With BCS And Airtel Uganda For 770-Km Fibre Network In North West Uganda

Show on map   On 27 February 2017, Facebook announced on its Engineering Blog that it is participating in an approximately 770-km fibre build in northwest Uganda along with Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group (BCS) and Airtel Uganda. When completed, the fibre network will provide backhaul connectivity covering more than 3 million people in Uganda and enable future cross-border connectivity to neighbouring countries. In 2014, BCS and Airtel Uganda undertook a 1,300-km fibre co-build project which was completed in April 2015, and included the deployment of a 537-km aerial fibre route between Kampala (the capital) and Mbarara via Fort Portal. According to the report, Ibhrahima Ba at Facebook Engineering says that “Our investments are focused on addressing shared backhaul capacity so multiple service providers can benefit from the infrastructure. This is why we're working with multiple operators and welcome others to join us through an open access and shared infrastructure framework.... Read More →


Côte d’Ivoire: Orange Côte d’Ivoire Upgrades Fibre Backbone To 100G

Show on map   On 21 February 2017, Ekinops announced that it had partnered with Orange Côte d’Ivoire to upgrade the transmission capacity of its fibre network along main strategic routes to 100 Gbps. Over the past few months, Orange Ivory Coast and EKINOPS carried out intensive field tests, according to a company press release, and the solution allows for transmission capacity to be increased from 10G to 100G without changing the network’s existing infrastructure. In December 2016, Orange Côte d’Ivoire also announced the launch of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Abidjan (see Côte d’Ivoire: Orange Côte d’Ivoire Launches FTTH In Abidjan). “We are proud to be able to meet the challenges of increased capacity for Orange Ivory Coast with our innovative 100G application”, said Xavier Billy, Vice-President of Strategic Accounts at Ekinops in a company press release. “This strategic collaboration will not only give Orange Ivory Coast increased flexibility by massively... Read More →


Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 34%, June 2016

Show on map   Uganda’s international Internet bandwidth reached 20.848 Gbps in June 2016, a 33.5% increase compared to 15.611 Gbps in June 2015 according to latest figures released by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The UCC reported a total international bandwidth of 41.695 Gbps in June 2016, compared to 35.747 Gbps in December 2015 (see Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 29%, December 2015) and 31.223 Gbps in June 2015 (see Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 15.7%, June 2015). Uganda previously had a total international bandwidth of 26.986 Gbps (June 2014), 25.679 Gbps (June 2013), 22.665 Gbps (June 2012), and 15.739 Gbps (June 2011). This total international bandwidth includes both inbound and outbound bandwidth. UCC previously reported a total international bandwidth of 7.727 Gbps in its Annual Market Report 2011/12; UCC reported a “downlink” (inbound) bandwidth of 3.608 Gbps and an “uplink” (outbound) bandwidth of... Read More →


Ghana: Vodafone Ghana Launches FTTH In Accra And Tema

Show on map   During February 2017, Vodafone Ghana announced the launch of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Accra (the capital) and Tema. The ‘Vodafone Fibre Broadband’ service delivers download speeds of up to 50 Mbps, and currently passes 1,000 homes in selected districts of Accra (Spintex, Manet Court; Cantonments; Cantonments, AU Village; North Dzorwulu, Fiesta Royale Area; Main Dzorwulu enclave; Maamobi Nima High way; East Legon, Mensah Wood Street; and Accra North, Asylum Down) and Tema (Michelle Camp Road, EMEFs Estates; Michelle Camp Road, Coastal Estates; Community 25, HFC Estates). Ghana is connected to five submarine cables which land in Accra: SAT-3, WACS, ACE, Main One and GLO-1. Source: Vodafone Ghana, Citifmonline, Ghana Business News, Ghana News Agency  Read More →


Côte d’Ivoire: Orange Côte d’Ivoire Launches FTTH In Abidjan

Show on map   On 21 December 2016, Orange Côte d’Ivoire announced the launch of fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) services in Abidjan. The FTTH network is reportedly now operational in four districts of Abidjan: Biety, Cocody, Plateau and Vridi (source: TIC Mag). Côte d’Ivoire is connected to three submarine cables which land in Abidjan: SAT-3, WACS and ACE (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable and Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). Source: Orange Côte d’Ivoire, TIC Mag  Read More →


Gabon: Gabon’s International Bandwidth Reaches 12.4 Gbps, December 2015

Show on map   Gabon Telecom’s international Internet bandwidth reached 12.442 Gbps (5 x STM-16) by December 2015, according to latest data released by its parent company Maroc Telecom. This was an 18% increase compared to 10.575 Gbps (4 x STM-16 + 1 x STM-4) in 2014, 3.1 Gbps in December 2013 (see Gabon: Gabon Telecom's International Bandwidth Reaches 3.1 Gbps, December 2013), and 2 Gbps in December 2012 (see Gabon: Gabon Telecom International Bandwidth Reaches 2 Gbps, December 2012). Maroc Telecom had previously reported that Gabon Telecom’s international bandwidth had reached 12 Gbps during 2014 (see Gabon: Gabon’s International Bandwidth Reaches 12 Gbps, December 2014). Source: Maroc Telecom  Read More →


Djibouti: Djibouti Telecom Invests In Australia West Express (AWE) Cable

Show on map   In January 2017, Djibouti Telecom and GoTo Networks announced that Djibouti Telecom has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding its participation in the Australia West Express (AWE) submarine cable system. Djibouti Telecom will be an investor in, and the landing party for, the AWE cable in Djibouti. The AWE cable will run 10,100-km directly from Perth (Australia) across the Indian ocean to Djibouti, where it will interconnect with other submarine cables for onward connectivity to Europe. GoTo Networks say that the AWE cable will be the lowest latency route between Australia and Europe. The cable will have an initial design capacity of 20 Tbps, and has a scheduled Ready for Service date of 1st quarter 2018, according to a company press release. GoTo Networks signed a turnkey supply contract with Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks for the Australia West Express (AWE) in May 2015. AWE will be the ninth submarine cable to land in Djibouti, which is currently... Read More →


Côte d’Ivoire: Atlantique Telecom’s International Bandwidth Reaches 18 Gbps, Dec 2015

Show on map   Third largest mobile operator Atlantique Telecom (Moov) Côte d’Ivoire, a subsidiary of Maroc Telecom, reached an international Internet bandwidth of 18.040 Gbps in December 2015 according to latest data released by Maroc Telecom. The operator increased its international capacity by 18% during 2015 from 98 E1 circuits (15.24 Gbps) in December 2014 to 116 E1 circuits (18.040 Gbps) in December 2015. Atlantique Telecom (Moov) had an 18.9% share of the Ivoirian Internet market in December 2015 according to the regulator ARTCI. The operator had 1.648 million mobile Internet subscribers out of total market of 8.713 million fixed and mobile Internet subscribers. Maroc Telecom also reported that it’s subsidiary in Benin, Etisalat Benin doubled its international bandwidth from 310 Mbps (2 x STM-1) in 2014 to 622 Mbps (1 x STM-4) in 2015, diversifying its and utilising the new ACE submarine cable which entered service in Benin in July 2015 (see Benin: ACE Submarine Cable Enters... Read More →