Tanzania to route national fiber extension along electricity grid

TANZANIA – The government of Tanzania is to use the country’s national electricity grid to extend its nationwide fibre network. The country’s Ministry of Information and Communication Technologies has awarded Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation a contract to construct the network over the power infrastructure – and to extend the power network itself. Faustine Ndugulile, the minister of information and communication technologies, said high-speed internet was essential for the next industrial revolution. “The fourth industrial revolution is built on a combination of various digital and modern technologies such as blockchain, drones, internet,…

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Paratus Africa injects US$6m into optical fiber grid project in Botswana

BOTSWANA – Broadband connectivity provider Paratus Africa has injected about US$6 million into the development of an optical fibre network across Botswana as a seamless add-on to its existing infrastructure backbone. The Managing Director Shawn Bruwer said the new infrastructure will further connect all of the country’s main industrial and trade areas. The project is 98% achieved. “At no extra cost to customers, fibre connectivity will give businesses unmatched uptime via a quality connection and particularly at a time when network capacity is under pressure owing to remote working,” he said. “Also, critically,…

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Liquid Technologies, Facebook team up to construct fiber corridor in DRC

DRC – Africa’s largest fibre company Liquid Intelligent Technologies and Facebook have announced a partnership to build an extensive 2,000 kilometres long haul and metro fibre network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC). The two companies say there is a growing demand for regional connectivity across Central Africa and the partnership is expected to improve internet access for over 30 million people. According to the arrangement, Facebook will invest in the fibre build and support network planning and Liquid Technologies will own, build and operate the fibre network, and…

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US$700m Africa Coast to Europe submarine cable goes live adding diversity to hyper-connected hubs in Teraco data centers

SOUTH AFRICA – The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable has gone live and is now available for interconnection at all three of Teraco’s data centres across South Africa, the company, the company has announced expanding access to broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa. ACE is the eighth submarine cable system to connect at Teraco, highlighting its position as the leading hyper-connected digital hub on the African continent. Spanning approximately 17,000 kilometers  along the West Coast of Africa, ACE connects to 24 countries before backhauling via MTN South…

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Liquid Intelligent Technologies becomes the largest network provider in Africa after achieving 100,000 km of fiber

AFRICA – Liquid Intelligent Technologies, a digital solutions provider, has achieved the 100,000 kilometres fibre network milestone, positioning it as the largest independent fibre network provider in emerging markets globally. Liquid has been manoeuvring steadily through Africa, investing in increasing its reach, which it has successfully done, moving the dial from 89,989 km at the beginning of 2021 to reach this new milestone now.   With its additional fibre network connecting 14 countries, primarily in Sub-Saharan Africa, customers can now explore opportunities in Africa and across the US, Asian and…

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Vodacom signals multimillion fiber investment, eyes dominant market position

SOUTH AFRICA – Mobile communications company Vodacom, has signalled a multimillion-dollar fibre investment plan in the next three years, as the telco eyes a dominant market position in the increasingly competitive sector. The investment is part of Vodacom’s strategic direction of diversifying revenues from its mobile business, and it wants to connect more homes and businesses to fibre. The group has ramped up its fibre rollout in the past year, doubling the total number of homes and businesses connected to 126,765, and Vodacom’s fibre passed 146 401 homes and businesses as of…

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Fiber network operator MetroFibre snaps up Link Africa’s home fiber network

SOUTH AFRICA – Fiber network operator MetroFibre, which recently concluded a US$176 million debt funding round, has said that it is buying Link Africa’s fiber-to-the-home network in Gauteng and KwaZulu-Natal, South Africa. The deal, the value of which has not been disclosed, is effective from 1 April, with a “transition period” that is expected to be completed by the end of June 2021, MetroFibre said in a statement. The deal effectively means the company now has an additional 10,000 homes passed with fibre-optic infrastructure. “At the close of the deal, MetroFibre…

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Nexans Group launches new plant for production of optical fiber cable accessories

MOROCCO – Nexans Group, a cabling solutions vendor, has strengthened its industrial presence in Morocco with the inauguration of a new plant for the Telecom Systems Business Unit. The new factory will produce optical fiber cable connectorization accessories for fiber-to-the-home (FTTH), 5G, Data center and local computer network applications. Minister of Industry and Trade Moulay Hafid Elalmy inaugurated the new factory located in the industrial acceleration zone in Nouaceur. The factory covers an area of over 6,000 square meters, including 3,000 square meter of production workshop. The plant will offer…

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