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South Africa: Telkom Reaches 219,825 FTTH Homes Passed, March 2017

Show on map   Telkom South Africa reported that it had reached 219,825 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed and 52,755 fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) end points terminating by March 2017, according to its 2017 Annual Results. The operator said that it had a connectivity rate of 18% (40,627 FTTH subscribers) by March 2017. This roll out compared to 144,512 homes passed (18,787 FTTH subscribers) by September 2016, 81,503 homes passed (8,129 FTTH subscribers) by 31 March 2016, and 38,000 homes passed in August 2015 (see South Africa: Telkom Reaches 81,503 FTTH Homes Passed, March 2016). The 52,755 FTTB end points terminating in March 2017 compares to 42,176 by September 2016. In addition, Telkom said that 1,991,449 homes were passed with fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC) compared to 1,451,986 in March 2016, and that 5,928 base stations were connected by fibre by March 2017. Telkom also said that its national fibre network had increased to 149,000-km in the year to March 2017. Source: Telkom  Read More →

Burkina Faso: ANPTIC Deploying 1,070-Km Fibre Network To Connect 13 Regional Capitals

Show on map   On 22 April 2017, the Ministère du Développement de l'Économie Numérique et des Postes (MDENP), through the l’Agence Nationale de Promotion des Technologies de l'Information et de la Communication (ANPTIC), officially launched the construction of a 1,070-km fibre network comprising of metropolitan fibre optic networks in thirteen regional capitals and a number of new long-haul fibre optic routes. This infrastructure is part of the implementation of the MDENP’s Réseau Informatique National de l’Administration (RESINA) programme to interconnect government administrations using G-Cloud (see below), and forms part of the government’s National Fibre Optic Backbone project. According to an ANPTIC press release, some 420-km of metropolitan fibre optic network will be deployed in 13 regional capitals: Dédougou, Banfora, Ouagadougou (the capital), Tenkodogo, Kaya, Koudougou, Manga, N’gourma, Bobo Dioulasso, Ouahigouya, Ziniaré, Dori and Gaoua. In addition, ANPTIC... Read More →

Kenya: Google, Convergence Partners, IFC and Mitsui Co-invest in CSquared, a Wholesale Broadband Infrastructure Company in Africa

Show on map   On 16 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 networks and enabling internet access in Africa. CSquared will operate as an independent company headquartered in Nairobi (Kenya), according to a company press release, with cumulative capital commitments up to US$ 100 million. CSquared has operational networks in Uganda and Ghana and plans to deploy networks in more countries. This partnership will combine Google’s technical knowledge and expertise in deploying and operating wholesale metro infrastructure in Uganda and Ghana through Project Link with the additional capital, skills and reach from all four investors. In 2011, Google identified a major barrier to more affordable, reliable broadband in Africa: the lack of fibre optic networks in major cities. This led to Project Link, an initiative... Read More →

Guinea Conakry: Metropolitan Fibre Networks In Conakry Expand By 49% During 2016

Show on map   Autorité de Régulation de Postes et Télécommunication (ARPT), the regulator, has reported that there has been a 49% increase in the length of metropolitan fibre optic network deployed in Conakry (the capital) during 2016. According to its 2016 Annual Report, ARPT reports that the total length of metropolitan fibre optic network deployed in Conakry has increased by 49% from 57.436-km in 2015 to 85.880-km in 2016. This network has been deployed by five network operators: Orange (50.938-km in 2016 compared to 35.510-km in 2015), MTN (28.800-km in 2016 compared to 21.506-km in 2015), VDC (5.500-km in 2016 compared to 0.120-km in 2015), ETI (0.642-km in 2016) and Mouna Group (0.300 km in 2015). Conakry has been connected to the ACE submarine cable since December 2012, the first international submarine cable to land in Guinea Conakry (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). Outside of the capital city, the first 1,200-km of the 4,000-km... Read More →

Mauritius: IOX Cable Ltd Awards Contract To Alcatel Submarine Networks For Cable Connecting South Africa, Mauritius And India

Show on map   On 1 June 2017, IOX Cable Ltd announced that it had awarded a contract to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN)/ Nokia for the deployment of the IOX Cable System. The 8,850-km IOX cable will have a capacity of 13 Tbps per fibre pair, and will run from South Africa (East London, with options to connect to existing and future cable systems) to Mauritius (Point aux Pimentes) to the Mauritian island of Rodrigues (Creve Couer) and India (Puducherry), with optional branching units to Madagascar (Toliary), Reunion (St Joseph) and Sri Lanka (Matara). The outlying island of Rodrigues, which lies some 600-km to the north east of Mauritius, is currently 100% dependent on satellite both for its domestic connectivity with Mauritius and its international Internet bandwidth. The international Internet bandwidth of Mauritius increased by 99.5% during 2016 to reach 42.5 Gbps by December 2016, according to latest statistics released by the Information and Communications Technology Authority... Read More →

Kenya: Liquid Telecom Kenya Expands Fibre Network To 5,000-Km

Show on map   Liquid Telecom Kenya has expanded its fibre optic network in Kenya to 5,000-km, according to the East African newspaper and Capital FM. Having laid some 800-km of additional fibre network during 2016, the operator now reportedly connects 41 out of 47 counties. Following the acquisition of Kenya Data Networks (KDN) by Liquid Telecom during 2013, Liquid Telecom Kenya announced in December 2014 that it had laid 4,200-km of fibre optic network in Kenya at a cost of US$ 200 million, connecting 39 out of the 47 counties at the time (see Kenya: Liquid Telecom Expands Fibre Infrastructure To 39 Out Of 47 Counties In Kenya). Source: The East African, Capital FM  Read More →

Kenya: Safaricom Expands Metropolitan Fibre Network To 4,190-Km By March 2017

Show on map   Kenya’s leading mobile operator Safaricom reports that by March 2017 it had built 4,190-km of its own metropolitan fibre optic network in the capital Nairobi and other towns across Kenya (source: Safaricom Full Year 2016/7 Results Presentation). This fibre deployment of 4,190-km in March 2017 compares to 3,236-km in March 2016, 2,010-km by March 2015, and 770-km in March 2014 (see also Kenya: Safaricom’s Metropolitan Fibre Network Reaches 3,236-Km, March 2016). 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 1,445 public and commercial buildings, compared to 1,138 in March 2016, 720 in March 2015, and 119 buildings in March 2014. In addition, the... Read More →

Sudan: Sudatel’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 13,765-Km In 2016

Show on map   Sudan Telecom (Sudatel)’s national fibre optic backbone reached a total length of 13,765-km in 2016, according to the operator’s 2016 Annual Report. This compares with 12,000-km in 2015, 11,060-km in 2012 (see Sudan: Sudatel’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 11,060-Km In 2012) and 10,230-km in 2011 see also Sudan: Sudatel's National Fibre Backbone Reaches 10,230-Km in 2011). Source: Sudatel  Read More →

Burkina Faso: Orange Burkina Faso Launches Fibre Link To Ghana And Metropolitan Fibre Network In Ouagadougou

Show on map   On 16 May 2017, Orange Burkina Faso inaugurated two new fibre deployments, and announced the start of work on a third new fibre project. According to a company press release, the operator has deployed a 139-km metropolitan fibre optic network in the capital city of Ouagadougou, with four rings and serving all twelve districts of the city. Orange Burkina Faso has also deployed a 197-km fibre optic link from the Ouagadougou to Dakola, which serves eight large localities en route and provides international voice and Internet traffic via Ghana. The operator also announced that it had started construction of a 580-km fibre link from Ouagadougou to the border of Côte d'Ivoire via Bobo-Dioulasso. Once the works have been completed, Orange will have deployed 916-km of fibre optic network in Burkina Faso for a total investment of about 10 billion CFA Francs (USD 17 million). "The Orange Group is committed to being a leading player in the digital transformation of Burkina Faso,”... Read More →

Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 40% During 2016

Show on map   Uganda’s international Internet bandwidth reached 24.992 Gbps in December 2016, a 40% increase compared to 17.874 Gbps in December 2015 according to latest figures released by the Uganda Communications Commission (UCC). The UCC reported a total international bandwidth of 49.984 Gbps in December 2016, compared to 41.695 Gbps in June 2016, and 35.747 Gbps in December 2015 (see Uganda: Uganda’s International Bandwidth Increases By 29%, December 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 4.119 Gbps in its 2010/2011 half year report, a total bandwidth (inbound... Read More →