Phase 1 of the fourth component of the Central Africa Backbone project (CAB 4) is already 90% complete. The information was revealed last week to the Gabonese Minister of State in charge of the Digital Economy, Edgard Anicet Mboumbou-Miyakou, during a meeting to report on the progress of the CAB 4 site with the various partners in the project that are the World Bank, the National Agency for Digital Infrastructure and Frequencies in Gabon, the National Commission for Public Interest Works for the Promotion of Entrepreneurship and Employment (TIPPEE).
CAB 4 involves the deployment of nearly 2,000 km of optical fiber and the interconnection of 26 cities in the provinces of the Estuary, the Moyen-Ogooué, the Ogooué-Ivindo, the Ogooué-Lolo and the Haut-Ogooué to the capital Libreville. The project also includes the construction of a national Datacenter subdivided into two units, one located in the town of Franceville (Haut-Ogooué province) and another in the Economic Zone of Nkok (town of Ntoum, province of Estuaire) ) that will provide hosting and data storage services.
The Gabonese newspaper Union reports that during the meeting, the World Bank and the other partners, in view of the significant progress of the project, expressed the wish that the remaining 10% be achieved as quickly as possible possible, so that CAB 4 enters its second phase which is the interconnection by optical fiber of Gabon with Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea.