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Guinea Conakry: Further National Fibre Backbone Routes Completed, Remaining Routes To Be Finished By End 2017

Show on map   During October 2017, the Director General of the Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National (SOGEB) gave an update on the deployment of the 4,000-Km national fibre optic backbone. According to reports, the following fibre optic routes have now been completed and delivered: Conakry (the capital) – Mamou, Mamou – Labé, Mamou – Kankan, Conakry – Boké, Mamou – Faranah, Kolaboui – Kamsar, and Tanéné – Fria. In addition, the civil engineering works have reportedly been completed for the following routes: Kankan - Nzerekore, Kankan - Mandiana, Kouroussa – Siguiri - Kouremale, Faranah – Kissidougou - Ouamou, Guéckedou – Bofossou - Macenta, Coyah – Forécariah – Farmoreyah, and Boké – Gaoual – Koundara. The completion of civil works on the remaining routes is expected to be completed by the end of 2017. The Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Information Technologies first announced plans to deploy the national fibre... Read More →

DRC: Official Inauguration Of 3,300-Km Fibre Link From Kinshasa To Kasumbalesa

Show on map   On 3 October 2017, a ceremony was held to officially inaugurate the 3,300-km fibre optic link running from Kinshasa (the capital) to Kasumbalesa. China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC), which deployed the network, has been granted an official acceptance certificate for completion of the works according to reports. The construction of this link began in March 2013 (see DRC: Congolese Government Announces Start Of Construction Of 3,250-Km Fibre Route From Kinshasa To Kasumbalesa). The 3,400-km link was reported completed last year running from Kinshasa – Kasumbalesa – Sakania on the border with Zambia (see DRC: SCPT Completes 3,400-Km Link From Kinshasa To Sakania), but sections of it have been inoperational for a number of reasons. The first phase of the national fibre optic backbone network completed in December 2009 was the 650-km fibre link from Kinshasa to the coastal town of Muanda, the landing point of the WACS submarine cable... Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom Reaches 95,000 FTTH Subscribers, Starts Regional FTTH Roll Out Plan

Show on map   On 7 October 2017, Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom announced that it currently has 95,000 homes to connected to its fibre optic infrastructure. By March 2017, Safaricom’s fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) network passed 83,000 homes, compared to 47,000 homes by March 2017, and 6,848 homes in March 2016. The operator’s fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network had connected 1,500 public and commercial buildings by March 2017, compared to 1,445 in March 2017, 1,138 in March 2016, 720 in March 2015, and 119 buildings in March 2014 (see also Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 4,700-km). In its announcement Safaricom also said that it had started its FTTH Regional Roll Out Plan to expand the coverage of its FTTH network to other towns across the country. ‘The first phase of the Safaricom Fibre to Home will start with Kitengela town and its environs, targeting 14,000 homes with a plan to reach 40% penetration within the next three months,’ said a company... Read More →

Zimbabwe: TelOne Completes 330-Km Fibre Link To Beitbridge, FTTH Network Passes 25,000 Homes

Show on map   During September 2017, fixed line incumbent TelOne has reportedly completed the 330-km fibre link from Bulawayo to Beitbridge on the border with South Africa, according to the Herald and Newsday newspapers. This will open a new international route for TelOne, in addition to its fibre routes from Harare (the capital) to Mozambique (via Mutare), Botswana (via Plumtree), and Zambia (via Kariba). The operator currently leases capacity on a separate fibre route from Harare to Beitbridge via Masvingo. The operator started construction work on this link from Bulawayo to Beitbridge during May 2017, as a component of the National Broadband Project (NBB). The project was implemented by Huawei. The NBB project is designed to replace legacy infrastructure, expand the national backbone network, and introduce data centre and cloud computing services. At the end of 2015, TelOne secured a US$98.6 million loan facility from the China Exim Bank to undertake the National Broadband Project... Read More →

Africa: Liquid Telecom Upgrades East Africa Fibre Ring To 100G Delivering Faster Speeds Across Rwanda, Uganda and Kenya

Show on map   On 5 September 2017, Liquid Telecom, a subsidiary of Econet Global, announced that it has completed 100G upgrades to key routes on the East Africa Fibre Ring. The upgrade to 100G wavelengths takes advantage of the latest DWDM technology from Ekinops allowing Liquid Telecom to offer the largest lit backhaul capacity in Africa. It offers up to 10 times the speed of previously used 10G wavelengths, enabling Liquid Telecom to provide its enterprise and wholesale customers with additional capacity and increased speeds. According to a company press release, Liquid Telecom will provide 100G links to the cities of Kigali in Rwanda, Kampala and Tororo in Uganda, and Nairobi and Mombasa in Kenya, with further 100G upgrades planned for the East Africa Fibre Ring in the near future. “By upgrading to 100G, Liquid Telecom is ensuring that its fibre backbone can meet the rising demand for high-bandwidth, video and internet services from businesses and consumers across the region,”... Read More →

Mauritius: Mauritius Telecom Reaches 145,000 FTTH Subscribers

Show on map   By December 2016, Mauritius Telecom reported that it had reached 145,000 Fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) connections, according to the operator’s 2016 annual report. This compares to 45,000 FTTH connections in December 2015, and 18,000 homes connected in December 2014 (see also Mauritius: Mauritius Telecom Completes Phase 2 Of FTTH Rollout). In May 2015, MT accelerated the deployment of FTTH in order to connect all households on the island within 3 years by the end of 2017 instead of 7 – 8 years, with an investment of Rs 5.1 billion (US$ 140 million). “The main focus in 2016 was on the acceleration of the Fibre-To-The-Home (FTTH) Project,” said MT in its annual report. “This project has changed the telecommunications landscape in Mauritius and by the end of December more than 145,000 connections had been made to the fibre network, which represents 78% of MT’s current broadband customers. This has pushed Mauritius among the Top 10 most fibred country in the world... Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom’s Fibre Network In Kenya Reaches 4,700-Km

Show on map   Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom reports that its fibre optic network in the capital Nairobi and other towns across Kenya has now reached 4,700-km (source: Safaricom 2017 Annual report). This fibre deployment of 4,700-km compares with 4,190-km in March 2017, 3,236-km in March 2016, 2,010-km by March 2015, and 770-km in March 2014 (see also Kenya: Safaricom Expands Metropolitan Fibre Network To 4,190-Km By March 2017). The operator first announced plans to build its own terrestrial fibre optic network in November 2011, and during 2013 began a 5 year program to build its own nationwide metro fibre network (see Kenya: Safaricom Plans To Build Its Own Terrestrial Fibre Optic Network in Kenya). By March 2017, Safaricom’s metropolitan fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) network had connected 1,500 public and commercial buildings, compared to 1,445 in March 2017, 1,138 in March 2016, 720 in March 2015, and 119 buildings in March 2014. In addition, the operator’s fibre-to-the-home... Read More →

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 →