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Algeria: Algerie Telecom’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.150 Tbps, Dec 2019

Algeria Telecom’s utilised international Internet bandwidth reached 1.150 Tbps by December 2019, according to latest statistics released by the Ministère de la Poste, des Télécommunications, des Technologies et du Numérique (MPTTN). The operator’s utilised international Internet bandwidth was reported as 998 Gbps in September, 921 Gbps in June, and 904 Gbps in March 2019. MPTTN previously reported a total international bandwidth for all operators of 1.050 Tbps in 2018, 810.155 Gbps in 2017, 630.150 Gbps in 2016, 485.155 Gbps in 2015, and 278.0 Gbps in 2014 (see also Algeria: Algeria’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.050 Tbps, Dec 2018). Source: MPTTN  Read More →


Africa: 2Africa Submarine Cable Announced, Which Will Connect 16 African Countries, Europe And Middle East

On 14 May 2020, China Mobile International, Facebook, MTN GlobalConnect, Orange, STC, Telecom Egypt, Vodafone and WIOCC announced that they will partner to build the 37,000-km 2Africa submarine cable which will interconnect Europe (eastward via Egypt), the Middle East (via Saudi Arabia), with 21 landings in 16 countries in Africa. The 2Africa system is expected to go live in 2023/4, according to a press release, delivering more than the total combined capacity of all subsea cables serving Africa today with a design capacity of up to 180 Tbps on key parts of the system. The parties have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) to build the cable in a fully funded project which will greatly enhance connectivity across Africa and the Middle East. The 2Africa cable will implement a new technology, SDM1 from ASN, allowing deployment of up to 16 fibre pairs instead of the eight fibre pairs supported by older technologies, bringing much greater and more cost-effective capacity. In countries... Read More →


Morocco: Morocco’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.970 Tbps, December 2019

Morocco’s international Internet bandwidth reached 1.970 Tbps in December 2019, an annual increase of 31%, according to latest statistics released by Agence Nationale de Réglementation des Télécommunications (ANRT). Morocco’s international bandwidth was 1.508 Tbps in December 2018, 1.125 Tbps in 2017, 650 Gbps in 2016, 450 Gbps in December 2015, and also 450 Gbps in 2014, according to ANRT (see also Morocco: Morocco’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.508 Tbps, December 2018). Source: ANRT  Read More →


Cape Verde: Huawei Starts Deployment Of SHARE Submarine Cable Connecting Cape Verde To Senegal

On 29 April 2020, Huawei Marine Networks announced that it started the deployment of the Senegal Horn of Africa Regional Express (SHARE) submarine cable, which will connect Dakar (Senegal) with Praia (Cape Verde). The 720-km SHARE cable has a design capacity of 16 Tbps, and is expected to be completed in Q1 2021 according to a company press release. Cape Verde is now served by two international submarine cables: the Atlantis II cable which entered service in 2000, and WACS which entered service in May 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service). Two other submarine cables are currently under deployment: Cabo Amilcar Cabral and Ellalink. In October 2018, an agreement for the ‘Cabo Amilcar Cabral’ submarine cable connecting Cape Verde with Guinea Conakry was signed between CV Telecom (Cabo Verde Telecom) and GUILAB (Guinéenne de Large Bande SA) (see Cape Verde: Agreement Signed for Cabo Amilcar Cabral Submarine Cable Connecting Cape Verde And Guinea Conakry). Then, in December... Read More →


Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Reaches 2.721 Tbps, December 2019

Kenya’s international Internet bandwidth reached 2.721 Tbps in December 2019, according to latest statistics released by the Communications Authority (CA). This was an annual increase of 138% compared to 1.142 Tbps reported in December 2018 (see Kenya: Kenya’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.142 Tbps, December 2018), and compares with 1.509 Tbps in September 2019, 1.341 Tbps in June 2019, and 1.149 Tbps in March 2019. In its latest quarterly report, CA says that “the total utilized bandwidth capacity increased by 80.3% during the quarter to stand at 2,720.26 Gbps, and 35.1% of the bandwidth was sold within the country and 64.9% outside the country”. The total figure of 2,720.26 Gbps in December 2019 was reported as the ‘total available (lit/equip) bandwidth capacity’, compared with 6,241.84 Gbps of ‘international Internet available bandwidth’. Of the total used bandwidth of 2,720.26 in December 2018, 2,707.56 Gbps was provided by submarine cable and 2.70 Gbps was provided... Read More →


Egypt: Egypt’s International Bandwidth Reaches 2.566 Tbps, Dec 2019

Egypt’s international Internet bandwidth reached 2.566 Tbps by December 2019 according to latest statistics published by the Ministry of Communications and Information Technology (MCIT). This was an annual increase of 7% compared to 2.397 Tbps in December 2018 (see Egypt: Egypt’s International Bandwidth Increases By 56% During 2018). Egypt’s international Internet bandwidth previously reached the milestone of 1 Tbps during the second half of 2016. MCIT reported that Egypt’s international bandwidth was 1.536 Tbps in 2017, 1.137 Tbps in 2016, 652.35 Gbps in 2015, and 471.340 Gbps in 2014. Source: Ministry of Communications and Information Technology, Egypt  Read More →


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 →