South African telecoms company MTN South Africa has partnered with Chinese technology company Huawei to deploy an 800G fiber optic network. The network is made up of fiber optic cables that can carry data at rates of up to 800 gigabits per second. It has a total capacity of 48 Tb/s and connects the telecom operator’s data centers in Johannesburg, Durban and Cape Town.
“This national backbone will support MTN’s growing capacity needs for its cloud-based business services, enhanced home broadband networks and wireless networks. It also helps optimize cost per bit and improve energy efficiency,” Huawei explains.
This new infrastructure will strengthen MTN SA’s telecoms infrastructure as the company seeks to modernize and expand its network in order to meet demand. The company signed, in February 2023, a partnership agreement with the Finnish technology company Nokia for the extension of its 5G network, among others. It is also engaged in a vast project to modernize its entire telecoms network called MONZA.
These various initiatives are part of MTN Group’s “Ambition 2025” strategy. The company aims to become the leading digital services provider on the African continent in the coming years, to meet the growing demand linked to the acceleration of digital transformation.
As a reminder, MTN South Africa had 36.8 million subscribers at the end of the third quarter of 2023. The company also generated a turnover of 38.08 million rand (2 billion USD) during the first nine months of 2023.
Source: Agency EcoFin