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 2024, Chad and Niger are expected to be successfully interconnected via the Trans-Sahara Optical Fibre Backbone Project, spanning 1,510km and originating in Algeria. Speaking during the launch of the project in Massakory in the country’s Hadjer province, the President of the Republic of Chad Idriss Déby confirmed the country would connect to internet infrastructure from...

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African telco group Liquid Telecom is activating a new 82km cross-border link between South Africa and Botswana, as it seeks to improve connectivity between the latter country and Liquid’s 73,000km pan-African fibre network. The new link runs between Lobatse on the South African border and Botswana’s capital city Gaborone. Odirile Tamajobe, Managing Director of Liquid...

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Uganda’s President Museveni has inaugurated the country’s fourth national fibre-optic network rollout project. The deployment of the new infrastructure covering the West Nile and Karamoja regions was begun in May 2019 and construction was completed in March this year. 1,590km of fibre network has been installed by Huawei under the supervision of the Uganda National...

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Gabon announces the completion of the extension of its national fiber optic network that will link it to Cameroon and Equatorial Guinea. This interconnection was carried out as part of the Central Africa Backbone project. The Gabonese Agency for Digital Infrastructures and Frequencies (Aninf) announced on Wednesday, November 18, the end of the extension works of...

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South African fibre broadband provider MetroFibre Networx, which is led by former Absa CEO Steve Booysen, has raised R1.5-billion in a new funding round led by infrastructure-focused private equity fund manager African Infrastructure Investment Managers (AIIM). The deal gives AIIM, which is investing R980-million, a minority stake in MetroFibre Networx, the quantum of which was not...

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Vodacom is becoming one of South Africa’s biggest fibre-to-the-business (FTTB) and fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) players in South Africa. This was revealed in the company’s interim results for the six months ended 30 September 2020, which were released on Monday. As part of its results, Vodacom said it accelerated its fibre roll-out in the six-month period, more...

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During the AfricaTech Festival, French telecommunications firm Orange and its subsidiaries announced the commissioning and commercial launch of Djoliba, the first pan-African backbone. This infrastructure is based on a terrestrial fibre optic network, coupled with undersea cables, offering secure connectivity abroad from West Africa. Operated and maintained from Dakar for greater efficiency, responsiveness and proximity,...

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The rollout of fibre in South Africa could soon be faster and more effective, according to major fibre network operators. This is if the regulations contained in the Proposed Policy and Policy Direction on the Rapid Deployment of Electronic Communications Networks and Facilities come into effect. This policy was gazetted by Minister of Communications and Digital Technologies...