Out Now: Fibre Reach Mobile App

Africa Telecom Transmission Maps on your Smartphone

The Fibre Reach mobile map application highlights the extent of Africa’s live terrestrial transmission networks, and showcases new projects as they enter service, extending the reach of high capacity transmission networks across the region.

Africa's international bandwidth will reach the 1 Tbps mark during 2012, but the key to future growth is delivering bandwidth to customers inland (see Africa: Africa’s International Bandwidth Approaches 1 Tbps Mark).

This map shows the 396,766 route kilometres of live terrestrial fibre optic network in Africa (Q1, 2012), and the distance to nodes on these fibre networks. Every day, Africa’s fibre transmission networks are expanding, increasing the number of people that fall within reach of one of these networks. On average, 85-kms of new terrestrial fibre optic network has entered service per day in Africa in the last year (Q1, 2012). A further 66,640-km of fibre is currently under construction, 93,519-km is planned, and 30,885-km is proposed (Q1, 2012).

The first project highlighted in the Fibre Reach mobile application is the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine cable which entered commercial service on 11 May 2012. The WACS cable is initially lit at 500 Gbps, and its entry into service brings the total design capacity on submarine cables serving sub-Saharan Africa to 19.079 Tbps. The map application will be updated with major new projects in due course.

'Fibre Reach' is a metric: the number of people within reach of a fibre optic transmission network. In June 2011, 37.4 million people lived within a 25-km reach of a submarine cable landing station in sub-Saharan Africa. This will increase to 46.6 million once the WACS, ACE and SEAS cables have entered service during 2012.

However, 313.2 million people were within reach of a terrestrial fibre optic node connected to these submarine cables. This number will increase to 355 million once network which is under construction is completed, and will increase again to 418 million once network which is planned or proposed is completed (see Africa: Terrestrial Network Roll Out Increases Africa's Fibre Reach By 54 Million).

The map data shown in the Fibre Reach mobile application is excerpted from the Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research.


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Fibre Reach Mobile Application Version 1.0 (May 2012). This mobile map application is built using Openlayers, JQuery Mobile, and ESRI ArcGIS. The 2011 Africa Telecom Transmission Map is sponsored by Gateway Communications. Usage: The map data contained in the Fibre Reach mobile application is made available by Hamilton Research Ltd under the Creative Commons Attribution-NonCommercial-NoDerivs 3.0 Unported Licence.


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Africa Bandwidth Maps is our subscription-based service providing detailed transmission maps, datasets and articles.

Subscribers can now log in to access the Bronze, Silver and Gold versions of the Africa Transmission Map on your mobile iOS and Android devices. These lightweight versions of the desktop web transmission maps have been optimised with drag-to-pan and pinch-to-zoom functionality, as well as new geolocation and search capabilities.

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About us: Hamilton Research Ltd is a specialist provider of research, analysis and GIS cartographic services for telecom markets in Africa and other developing regions. We research and publish the Africa Telecom Transmission Map, and maintain quarterly updated datasets of Africa’s terrestrial transmission networks and international bandwidth. Contact:


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