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Madagascar: TELMA’s National Fibre Backbone Network Reaches 10,000-Km

Fixed line incumbent Telecom Malagasy (TELMA) announced that its national fibre backbone has now reached 10,000-km, according to its 2018 Corporate Review. The operator has now completed new fibre routes running from Bealanana – Ambanja - Ambilobe, and Mandritsara – Mananara. In addition to its expanded long-haul network, TELMA has also now deployed metropolitan fibre optic networks in twelve towns and cities: the capital Antsiranana, and also in Toamasina, Antsirabe, Mahajanga, Toliara, Taolagnaro, Moramanga, Fianarantsoa, Ambatondrazaka, Morondava, Manakara, Fenerive-Est. In January 2017 TELMA announced that it planned to expand its national fibre backbone from 5,000-km to 11,000-km (see Madagascar: TELMA Plans To Double National Fibre Backbone Within Two Years), with the network reaching 9,000-km during 2018 (see Madagascar: TELMA’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 9,000-Km). Source: TELMA  Read More →


South Africa: DFA’s Metropolitan and Long-Haul Fibre Optic Network Reaches 13,600-Km

Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s metropolitan and long-haul fibre optic network in South Africa reached 13,600-km by March 2019, according to parent company Remgro/ CIV Holdings. This compared to 10,554-km by March 2018, 9,854-km by March 2017, 9,144-km by March 2016, 8,353-km in March 2015 and 5,251-km in March 2012 (see also South Africa: Dark Fibre Africa (DFA)’s Fibre Network Reaches 10,554-Km). DFA began rolling out its network in October 2007, building fibre rings in metropolitan areas, selected long-haul routes, fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) networks. The operator owns fibre network rings in the major metropolitan centres of Johannesburg, Cape Town, Durban, Midrand, Centurion and Pretoria and has expanded to a further 21 smaller metros, including East London, Polokwane, Tlokwe, Emalahleni and George. The long-haul network connects the major metropolitan centres to submarine cable landing points at Mtunzini (SEACOM and EASSy), Melkbosstrand (SAT-3) and Yzerfontein... Read More →


Gabon: Gabon And Cameroon Sign Cross Border Interconnection Agreement

On 29 November 2019, a Memorandum of Understanding was signed between Gabon and Cameroon relating to the interconnection of fibre optic networks between the two countries. The physical interconnection of networks will take place once the fibre optic link between Gabon and Cameroon is completed and enters service. In December 2017, the Ministère de l’Economie Numérique signed a contract with KT Corporation for the deployment of new fibre optic links in the north of Gabon (see Gabon: KT Corporation Wins Contract To Deploy Fibre Link With Cameroon And Equatorial Guinea). Forming part of the Central Africa Backbone (CAB 4) and Backbone National Gabonais (BNG) projects, this 528-km project comprises two fibre routes. The first 411-km route will link the city of Booué with neighbouring countries of Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea via Koumameyong, Lalara, Mitzic, Oyem, Bitam, Méyo Kyé (border with Equatorial Guinea) and Eboro (border with Cameroon). The second route is a 117-km extension... Read More →


Algeria: ORVAL/ ALVAL Submarine Cable Connecting Algeria And Spain Inaugurated

On 5 December 2019, the ORVAL (Oran, Algeria – Valencia, Spain) and ALVAL (Algiers, Algeria – Valencia, Spain) submarine cables were officially inaugurated, according to a government press release. The 770-km ORVAL/ ALVAL cable system comprises of the 560-km Oran - Valencia (ORVAL) submarine cable, and a 210-km branch running from the El Djamila cable landing station in Algiers – Valencia (ALVAL) which was added to the original design. Algeria’s Ministry of Post, Information Technology and Communications (MPTIC) signed an agreement with Alcatel-Lucent in April 2015 for the deployment of the ORVAL submarine cable system (see Algeria: Algerian MPTIC Awards Contract To Alcatel-Lucent For Orval Submarine Cable Linking Oran To Valencia (Spain)). Source: Ministère de la Poste, des Télécommunications, des Technologies et du Numérique (MPTTN)  Read More →


Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne Announces Submarine Cable Live And Ready For Commercial Service In Côte d’Ivoire

On 2 December 2019, the MainOne Cable Company announced that its submarine cable Main One was live and ready for service in Côte d’Ivoire. The 7,000-km, 4.96 Tbps Main One submarine cable entered service in July 2010, running from Lagos (Nigeria) to Seixal (Portugal) with a landing point in Accra (Ghana). The cable was built with the possibility to add branching units to Côte d’Ivoire, Senegal, the Canary Islands and Morocco (see Africa: Main One Cable Enters Service, 1 July 2010). In April 2018, MainOne announced that it had obtained a licence to land the Main One cable in Côte d’Ivoire (see Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne To Land Submarine Cable In Côte d’Ivoire), and in September 2018 that it had signed an agreement with Orange to land the cable in Senegal (see Senegal: Orange And MainOne Sign Agreement To Land The MainOne Cable In Dakar). On 31 August 2019, MainOne confirmed that an Orange Marine cable laying ship was in the process of deploying branches from the MainOne submarine... Read More →


Burundi: BBS Signs Ten Year International Bandwidth Capacity Agreement With TTCL

On 22 October 2019, Burundi Backbone System (BBS) announced that it had signed a ten year agreement for international bandwidth capacity with TTCL (Tanzania Telecommunication Company Ltd) in neighbouring Tanzania, according to a company press release. Through this agreement, TTCL will continue to provide international fibre optic connectivity to BBS via Kabanga and Manyovu over the National ICT Backbone (NICTBB) operated by TTCL to the SEACOM and EASSy submarine cables landing at Dar es Salaam (the capital). BBS has six international fibre routes: three routes via Rwanda, two via Tanzania, and one route to the DRC. Burundi’s international Internet bandwidth reached 6.425 Gbps in December 2018, according to the Agence de Régulation et de Contrôle des Télécommunications (ARCT) (see Burundi: Burundi’s International Bandwidth Increases By 34% During 2018). Source: BBS  Read More →


Cameroon: Cameroon’s International Bandwidth Reaches 92.5 Gbps, Dec 2018

Cameroon’s international Internet bandwidth capacity reached 92.50 Gbps in December 2018, according to latest statistics published by Agence de Regulation des Telecommunications Cameroun (ART). This compares to 32.5 Gbps in 2016, according to MINPOSTEL, 12.631 Gbps in 2015, and 2.790 Gbps in 2011 (see Cameroon: Cameroon’s International Internet Bandwidth Increases By 157% During 2016). The total bandwidth of 92.5 Gbps in December 2018 was split between Cameroon Telecommunications (CAMTEL), MTN (with 17.5 Gbps), Orange (13 Gbps), and Viettel (4.7 Gbps). Cameroon is connected to the SAT-3, WACS, and NCSCS submarine cables, with the South Atlantic Inter Link (SAIL) cable entering service in 2018 (see Cameroon: Installation Of SAIL Submarine Cable Linking Cameroon To Brazil Completed). Source: ART  Read More →


Africa: Africa’s Operational Fibre Optic Network Reaches 1 Million Route Kilometres

Africa’s total inventory of operational fibre optic network reached the milestone of 1 million kilometres in the last year, increasing the number of people living within reach of a fibre optic node in Sub-Saharan Africa to 584 million people. More broadband customers, with more bandwidth per customer, continues to drive Africa’s international Internet bandwidth growth along an exponential curve, reaching 10.962 Tbps by December 2018. Terrestrial Fibre Networks Reach 1.025 Million Route-Km According to the eleventh annual edition of the Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research for 2019/20, the inventory of operational fibre optic network reached 1,025,441-km by June 2019 compared to 936,102-km in 2018, 820,397-km in 2017, 762,167-km in 2016, 622,930-km in 2015, and 564,091-km in 2014. Ten years ago in June 2009, the total fibre inventory was 278,056-km (see chart 1 below). In the twelve months since June 2018, an additional 88,339-km of fibre optic network has... Read More →


South Africa: SEACOM Lights Up N1 Fibre Optic Route Connecting Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town

On 22 October 2019, SEACOM announced the rollout of services on the FibreCo fibre optic route along the N1 road connecting Johannesburg, Bloemfontein and Cape Town. According to a company press release, Bloemfontein and Worcester will immediately benefit from 100 Gbps connectivity speeds upon initial activation, with Colesberg, Beaufort West, Laingsburg and Touswriver connecting at 10 Gbps. The operator said that the second phase of the N1 Light Up project will see additional towns connected along the route, and that additional capacity will be added to other key national routes interconnecting Johannesburg, Bloemfontein, Durban, East London and Kimberly in the next phase of the rollout. SEACOM announced the 100% acquisition of FibreCo Telecommunications in November 2018, which owns and operates a national fibre network with over 60 points of presence and 4,000-km of owned intercity and metropolitan fibre across South Africa. Source: SEACOM  Read More →


Africa: Orange Announces International Network Upgrade Across Eight West African Countries

On 13 November 2019, Orange announced that it is working to upgrade and complete a new international backbone network across eight countries in West Africa. According to a company press release, this network will link the main cities in the region including Dakar (Senegal), Bamako (Mali), Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire), Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Ouagadougou (Burkina Faso), Conakry (Guinea) and Monrovia (Liberia), and will be built around a terrestrial fibre optic network coupled with submarine cables. The commercial launch of the West African backbone is planned for the second quarter of 2020, according to a company press release. Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa, said: “For Orange, this West African backbone network represents a major investment that will secure availability of international connectivity and will enable us to meet the demand for increased bandwidth necessary for the continued digital development of regions within the zone.” According to a company... Read More →