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Côte d’Ivoire: Côte d’Ivoire’s International Bandwidth Reaches 292 Gbps, December 2021

Côte d’Ivoire’s utilised international Internet bandwidth reached 291.535 Gbps in December 2021, according to latest statistics released by the regulator ARTCI (Autorité de Régulation des Télécommunications de Côte d’Ivoire). This compared to 660 Gbps of installed international Internet bandwidth. These totals were split between Orange which had 174 Gbps of utilized international bandwidth (360 Gbps equipped), MTN which had 98.8 Gbps utilized (100 Gbps equipped), and MainOne which had 18.755 Gbps utilized (200 Gbps equipped). Five submarine cables now land at Abidjan (Côte d’Ivoire): SAT-3, ACE, WACS, MainOne, and Maroc Telecom West Africa cable. The MainOne Cable Company landed a new branch of its submarine cable at Abidjan, which entered service in 2019 (see Côte d’Ivoire: MainOne Announces Submarine Cable Live And Ready For Commercial Service In Côte d’Ivoire). Maroc Telecom, the parent company of mobile operator Moov, landed its West Africa submarine cable in Abdjan... Read More →


South Sudan: South Sudan Signs MoU For Cross-Border Fibre Link With Djibouti

On 20 September 2022, South Sudan and Djibouti signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to build a cross-border fibre optic link from Juba (the capital) to Djibouti via Ethiopia. The MoU was signed by South Sudan’s Minister of Information Communication Technology and Postal Services, Michael Makuei Lueth, and officials from the government of Djibouti. A technical team will be assembled to deliberate on the project, according to a Ministry press release. In January 2020, Liquid Intelligent Technologies (LIT) completed the construction of a 200-km fibre optic route connecting Juba to the border of Uganda through Nimule (see South Sudan: Liquid Telecom Completes South Sudan’s First International Fibre Link, From Juba to Nimule (Uganda)). This was South Sudan’s first international fibre optic link, and from the border with Uganda connects to LIT’s 70,000-km regional fibre optic network and submarine cables landing in Mombasa (Kenya). South Sudan also signed an MoU with Kenya in 2015... Read More →


Guinea Conakry: Guinea’s International Bandwidth Increases 28% To Reach 117 Gbps, 2021

Guinea’s international bandwidth reached 116.695 Gbps in 2021, according to ARPT’s annual report, split between Guilab (La Guinéenne de Large Bande) which had 84.44 Gbps and the national fibre backbone operator SOGEB (Société de Gestion et d’Exploitation du Backbone National) which had 32.255 Gbps. Guilab provides international capacity on the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable to other operators, including a total of 41.065 Gbps to Orange, 6.222 Gbps to MTN, and 5.622 Gbps to Cellcom during 2021. This total of 116.695 Gbps in 2021 was a 28% increase compared to 91 Gbps reported in 2020 (Guilab 61 Gbps and SOGEB 30 Gbps), 42 Gbps in 2019 (Guilab), 40 Gbps in 2018 (Guilab), and 28.5 Gbps in 2017 (Guilab). The capital city Conakry has been connected to the ACE submarine cable since December 2012, the first international submarine cable to land in Guinea (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). According to its 2021 annual report, ARPT... Read More →


South Africa: Telkom’s National Fibre Network Reaches 170,241-km, March 2022

Telkom South Africa has reported that its national fibre network reached 170,241-km by March 2022, according to its annual results. This was a 1,241-km increase compared to 169,000-km reported in March 2021, 165,900 by March 2020, 163,800-km by March 2019, 157,400-km by March 2018, and 149,000-km by March 2017 (see also South Africa: Telkom’s National Fibre Network Reaches 169,000-km, March 2021). Telkom also reported that it had reached 839,691 fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) homes passed by March 2022, a 52.7% increase compared to 549,957 by March 2021, 455,553 by March 2020, 430,659 by March 2019 and 356,684 by March 2018. The number of homes connected reached 389,109 by March 2022, a 38.4% increase compared to 281,065 in March 2021 and 219,583 in March 2020. Source: Telkom  Read More →


Niger: Niger’s International Bandwidth Reaches 71.9 Gbps, December 2021

Niger’s international Internet bandwidth reached a total of 71.904 Gbps by December 2021, according to the latest figures released by Autorité de Régulation des Communications Électroniques et de La Poste (ARCEP) in its 2021 annual report. This was split between five operators: Zamani Telecom (previously Orange, with 18.790 Gbps), Airtel (Celtel) Niger (27.794 Gbps), Atlantique Telecom (Moov Africa Niger, with 5.000 Gbps), Niger Telecom (17.500 Gbps), and Liptinfor (2.820 Gbps). This total of 71.904 Gbps in 2021 compared to 188.152 Gbps reported by ARCEP in December 2020, 17.5 Gbps during 2019, 10 Gbps in 2018, and 5.6 Gbps in 2017 (see Niger: Niger’s International Bandwidth Reaches 188 Gbps, December 2020). Source: ARCEP  Read More →


Algeria: Algeria’s International Bandwidth Reaches 2 Tbps, Dec 2021

Algeria’s international Internet bandwidth reached 2 Tbps by December 2021, according to latest statistics released by L'Autorité de Régulation de la Poste et des Communications Electroniques (ARPCE). This was a 17% increase compared to 1.710 Tbps in 2020, 1.150 Tbps in 2019, and 1.050 Tbps in 2018, according to ARPCE (see Algeria: Algeria’s International Bandwidth Reaches 1.050 Tbps, Dec 2018). Source: ARPCE  Read More →


South Africa: Broadband Infraco’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 14,862-Km

Broadband Infraco (BBI), the state-owned wholesale provider, announced in its 2021 annual report that its national fibre optic backbone was 14,862-km by March 2021. This was the same distance of 14,862-km reported in 2020, compared to 14,958-km in 2019, 14,958-km in 2018, 14,923-km in 2017, 14,661-km in 2016, and 14,000-km in 2014 (see also South Africa: Broadband Infraco’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 14,958-Km, Building New Rural And International Fibre Routes).  Broadband Infraco was founded using the optical fibre infrastructure installed on Eskom electricity transmission lines and on Transnet railway lines. This infrastructure is a combination of fibres that BBI purchased from each of these state-owned entities (Eskom and Transnet), and fibres that BBI leases from the same entities. BBI has also entered into collocation agreements with the two entities, which enables it to have Points of Presence (PoPs) in their servitudes. Eskom and Transnet maintain the fibres owned by BBI... Read More →


South Africa: Equiano Submarine Cable Lands In Melkbosstrand, South Africa

On 8 August 2022, the Equiano submarine cable landed at Melkbosstrand near Cape Town in South Africa. During June 2019, Google announced that it will deploy a private submarine cable called Equiano running from Lisbon (Portugal) to Cape Town (South Africa), with branching units along the way that can be used to extend connectivity to additional African countries (see South Africa: Google Announces "Equiano" Submarine Cable Running From Portugal To South Africa). The 15,000-km cable has 12 fibre pairs and a design capacity of 144 Tbps, and has already landed in Ruperts Beach - St Helena (September 2021), Lome - Togo (March 2022), Lagos - Nigeria (April 2022), and Swakopmund - Namibia (July 2022). The cable is expected to enter service in Q4 2022. On 29 September 2021, the Equaino cable landed at Ruperts Beach on St Helena island. St Helena Government’s (SHG) government signed a contract with Google in December 2019 to build a 1,154-km branch to connect St Helena Island to the Equiano Subsea... Read More →


DRC: BCS Deploys Submarine Cable Through Lake Tanganyika From Uvira - Kalemie

Bandwidth and Cloud Services (BCS) has announced that it is is deploying a submarine fibre optic cable link through Lake Tanganyika to connect the towns of Bukavu, Uvira, Baraka and Kalemie in Eastern DRC (Democratic Republic of Congo), and to serve as an alternate gateway in Eastern and Southern Africa. BCS previously laid a cross-border submarine cable through Lake Albert between Uganda and DRC during 2019, and in 2020 deployed a second cable through Lake Albert as a backup. BCS says that it was licensed in DRC 2020, in Angola and Zimbabwe in 2021. Meanwhile in Zimbabwe, DRC also announced that it is building a 1,001-km fibre route using the right of way (ROW) along the railway line running from Beitbridge on the border with South Africa to Victoria Falls on the border with Zambia. BCS previously announced plans to deploy around 1,000-km of submarine cable in Lake Albert and Lake Tanganyika in 2018, as part of an overall plan to expand its fibre optic network by 4,850-km in the East and... Read More →


Zimbabwe: TelOne’s National Fibre Backbone Reaches 5,223-Km During 2021

Fixed line incumbent TelOne announced that its national fibre backbone has reached 5,223-km during 2021, according to its 2021 Sustainability Report, an additional 427-km during the year compared to 4,796-km in 2020. The operator previously reported a total fibre network length of 4,046-km in 2019, 3,981-km jn 2018, 3,689-km in 2017, and 2,700-km in 2016 (see Zimbabwe: TelOne’s Fibre Network Reaches 3,700-Km). TelOne also reported that its bandwidth capacity reached 97.5 Gbps in 2021, compared to 64.5 Gbps in in 2020, 42.2 Gbps in 2019, 24.8 Gbps in 2018, 17.4 Gbps in 2017, and 12.2 Gbps in 2016. “During the year, we managed to roll out fibre to a number of new and existing residential areas,” said TelOne in its 2021 Sustainability Report. “In order to improve service reliability, we also invested in strengthening and rehabilitating some sections of the backbone fibre network. With a lot of road construction happening, our network has occasionally been affected by the road works... Read More →