A high-speed connection has been undertaken since May 2020 between the Senegalese and Cape Verdean capitals. Many opportunities for socio-economic growth are expected from this collaboration.
The fiber optic interconnection from Senegal to Cape Verde has been completed. HMN Technologies, which specializes in providing advanced turnkey submarine network solutions, announced on Tuesday, January 11. It has in fact completed the deployment of the Senegal Horn of Africa Regional Express (SHARE) submarine system.
The 720 km long telecoms infrastructure, with a total capacity of 16 terabits, links the cities of Dakar and Praia. It will be officially put into operation during the first quarter of the year and will contribute to the exchange of information between the two countries.
Cheikh Bakhoum (the President and CEO of the State Informatics Agency, ADIE, an autonomous structure responsible for implementing Senegal’s computerization policy and owner of the submarine cable) explains that “ the cable SHARE, the first submarine optical cable wholly owned by the Senegalese State, offers a great strategic opportunity for Senegal and the West African region to have more Internet capacities and better resilience ”.
It is since May 2020 that HMN Technologies, formerly known as Huawei Marine Networks, started the deployment of the SHARE cable. The project is an essential pillar for the success of the Smart Senegal project, an essential component of the Emerging Senegal Plan (PSE) which is the benchmark of the Senegalese government’s economic and social growth strategy over the medium and long term by 2035.
The Smart Senegal program aims to deploy network and telecom infrastructures and set up technological platforms in order to contribute significantly, on the one hand, to improving the living conditions of populations through greater security in cities. and access to education, health and public information in all communes of Senegal. It also aims to support Senegal’s economic development in the priority sectors of the Emerging Senegal Plan (tourism, agriculture, mining, education, etc.).
Cheikh Bakhoum underlines that ” ADIE, by operating a low latency, high quality and high capacity optical submarine cable, is ready to provide network operators and Internet service providers with sufficient Internet bandwidth. , which can benefit both local residents and businesses to boost the development of the digital economy ”.