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Cameroon and Gabon have deployed and officially launched a 22km interconnected fibre optic network. This means telecommunication exchanges between the two countries will be direct and not facilitated through international sub-marine cables, thereby reducing cost. The network infrastructure was launched on 15 July in Meyo-Kye, Gabon by Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Minette Libom...

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The government of Burkina Faso has decided to use information and communication technologies to better protect populations. As crime grows in the country, China has joined forces to address it most effectively. The “SMART Burkina” project – intended to interconnect the cities of Burkina Faso through a network of 800 km of optical fiber and to...

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After several months of negotiations, the DRC will soon see its territory covered by several thousand kilometers of optical fiber. The government places high expectations in this high-speed telecom infrastructure which has the power to accelerate the country’s economic growth. The Egyptian company Benya Capital can start laying optical fiber throughout the territory of the Democratic...

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Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has launched phase II of the country’s national fibre backbone project, central to the country’s digital transformation. The project is being implemented by Huawei Technologies and will include nearly 3, 000 kilometres of fibre optic cables. Chakwera said the project is critical to digitally enhance Malawi’s economy, society and government. “This...

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Dark Fibre Africa’s (DFA’s) newly-appointed CEO Andries Delport wants to use the experience he gained during his time at Vodacom to target mobile businesses, as the open-access fibre infrastructure and connectivity provider looks to grow its market share in SA. Yesterday, ITWeb interviewed Delport; Thinus Mulder, outgoing DFA CEO; and Raymond Ndlovu, CEO of ICT-focused...

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Thanks to the regional fiber optic loop that it is building by interconnecting with its neighbors, Tanzania wants to offer its populations high-speed, high-quality connectivity at affordable costs. The big issues behind the digital transformation give it wings. The Republic of Tanzania is pursuing its ambition to become a technological and digital crossroads in East and...

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Herotel has collaborated with systems integrator NEC XON to upgrade fibre customers to its segment routing (SR) network, which it says will provide customers with better quality connectivity services for less. In April, the fibre network operator announced revised fibre-to-the-home pricing, including a 50Mbps symmetrical uncapped option for R499 per month, as it positioned itself to become a...

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The financial management of phase 1 of the national fiber optic network continues to raise concerns in Kenya. If the telecoms infrastructure remains in Telkom’s hands, without clear directions, the Kenyan government could lose more money over time. Katherine Getao, Chief Executive Officer of the Kenya Information and Communication Technology Authority (ICTA), revealed the reasons why...

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The demand for connectivity is growing in Kenya. It suggests new revenues to be seized for many companies. KPLC, although specialized in the distribution of electrical energy, has decided to increase its investments there.   Electric power distributor Kenya Power and Lighting Company (KPLC) has announced plans to deploy an additional 678.5 km of optical fiber to...