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 Tuesday, 22 September 2015

92% of Peru’s 196 provincial capitals will have access to high speed broadband during the first half of 2016, La Republica writes, citing Minister of Transport and Communications, Jose Gallardo. A total of 180 capitals are due to be connected via the PEN999 million (USD313.2 million) National Fibre-optic Backbone Network programme by the end of June 2016. Connections to the first seven capitals were rolled out in March this year in Huancavelica, and went live on 12 May 2015, whilst deployments in Ayacucho, Apurimac and Ica took place last month.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 22 September 2015 13:49:10 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 19 May 2015

Airtel Ghana has extended its fibre-optic backbone network to the cities of Accra, Kumasi and Takoradi, Business Ghana reports, citing marketing director Manu Rajan. In a parallel development the company has doubled the transmission speeds available over its 3.5G cellular networks to 42Mbps. Rajan commented: ‘We continue to offer the very best network, and we will continue to introduce new innovations and expand covered markets to ensure even more coverage across Ghana. Customers can take advantage of the benefits of the increased speed from 21.6Mbps to 42Mbps on compatible devices.’ While the precise platform used by Airtel was unconfirmed, TeleGeography notes that 42Mbps speeds are generally enabled by the deployment of Dual Carrier (DC)-HSPA+ technology.

TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that Airtel’s Ghanaian arm launched 2G and 3G networks in December 2008, before rolling out HSPA+ 3.5G services in January 2012.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 19 May 2015 07:47:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 21 January 2015

Ecuador’s Ministry of Telecommunications and Information Society (Mintel) reported that the country currently has 35,111km of optical fibre transmission infrastructure installed and expects to reach 45,000km by the end of 2017, supported by a state initiative to reduce the digital divide. As reported by TeleSemana, in 2006 Ecuador had a domestic fibre backbone spanning 3,500km which rose to 15,000km in 2012, whilst for its part state-owned incumbent telco Corporacion Nacional de Telecomunicaciones (CNT) said its fibre-optic infrastructure reached 12,410km in mid-2014.

According to other end-of-year statistics from Mintel, ‘eight out of every 100 people’ in Ecuador use fixed broadband services, while by November 2014, 7,105 public educational institutions were connected to broadband in a programme benefitting more than 2.6 million students and 123,558 teachers. At the end of 2014 Ecuador had 490 operational community telecentres (infocentro) benefiting nearly 2.8 million people.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 21 January 2015 09:44:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 01 May 2014

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company (PLDT), through its mobile divisions Smart Communications and Digitel (Sun Cellular), is on course to achieve 100% coverage of the country by the third quarter of this year, having already completed the rollout of a 650km submarine fibre cable linking Palawan province to the rest of its national backbone. The PHP861 million (USD19.3 million) Palawan link formed part of a wider fibre-optic rollout programme, which now spans more than 78,000km. Speaking to reporters in November 2013, PLDT/Smart president and chief executive officer Napoleon Nazareno said that the group’s 3G coverage would stand at ‘75% to 80% by first quarter’ of 2014. The 3G network provides more capacity, faster data rates and richer data and video applications than a second-generation network.

PLDT has allotted PHP32 billion for capital investments this year. The amount will be spent largely on expanding and improving the group’s network coverage including the ultra-fast 4G Long Term Evolution (LTE) technology

Source: TeleGeography.

3G | Backbone
Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:23:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Chilean telco Entel has revealed that it intends to invest USD200 million annually in its Peruvian operations over the next three years, TeleSemana writes. The funds will be used to upgrade and expand the mobile infrastructure of its local wireless unit Nextel, including the deployment of a 4G network in the 1700MHz/2100MHz band. The investment is also expected to fund the rollout of a fibre-optic backbone network to replace existing microwave backhaul. As previously noted by CommUpdate, Entel has selected Huawei to carry out the development work on Nextel’s networks

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 01 May 2014 14:08:16 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 27 March 2014

Jordan’s government has committed USD209 million to complete the National Broadband Network project within the next two years. Tenders for the supply and construction of the network are expected to be completed in May, ICT Minister Azzam Sleit said, adding: ‘All projects under the tenders that the government floated will be completed in two years after which the scheme will be ready. This will greatly boost e-services, e-health and e-education in the Kingdom.’ The project, which aims to connect all public schools and universities, government agencies and hospitals to a nationwide fibre-optic network was launched in 2003 but has stalled several times due to lack of funds.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:58:54 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Malaysian mobile network operator DiGi Telecommunications is said to have set aside MYR900 million (USD276 million) in capital expenditure for the expansion and strengthening of its infrastructure, according to the Sun Daily. Commenting on the company’s investment plans, DiGi chief operating officer Albern Murty was cited as saying: ‘This spend will be invested to increase our high-speed packet access (HSPA) and 3G coverage to 86% of population coverage, growing our LTE footprint up to 1,500 sites, as well as expanding our fibre network.’ Claiming that the amount to be spent represented the largest sum in recent years, the executive was also said to have confirmed that DiGi had spent approximately MYR1.5 billion on the modernisation and expansion of its network over the last two years. Under DiGi’s network transformation plan it was said to have swapped every electronic part in more than 5,500 sites with new equipment, expanded its HSPA and 3G network to more than 80% population coverage, as well as increased its own and jointly built fibre network to more than 3,200km nationwide.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:49:45 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

State-backed full service provider Empresa de Telecomunicaciones de Bogota (ETB) has rolled out fibre-optic rings in the cities of Medellin and Bucaramanga as part of a regional development programme, TeleSemana reports. Under the project, ETB also intends to install fibre networks in Cali, Cartagena, Barranquilla and Tunja over the course of 2014 and 2015. The new networks will allow ETB to offer additional services such as data transport solutions and dedicated internet connections, which are expected to help the telco meet its goal of generating 30% of its revenue from outside Bogota, its main operating area, by 2020.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 27 March 2014 14:47:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 21 February 2014

The government of Azerbaijan has approved the first stage of a fibre-optic network rollout project, under which high speed internet will be made available to all of the country’s settlements by 2017. News agency Trend reports that the initial phase of the project will be implemented between 2014 and 2016, with the Azerbaijani State Oil Fund expected to provide AZN103 million (USD131 million) in funding. The entire programme is estimated to cost around AZN450 million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 21 February 2014 15:45:29 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 11 February 2014

Venezuela’s planned nationwide fibre-optic transmission network is 70.2% complete, meaning that 6,886km of the high speed backbone infrastructure has so far been lit, according to local regulator reports cited by Capacity Magazine. The national fibre network is designed to interconnect the south of the country with the northern coastal region via 213 nodes in 18 states supporting multi-play voice/data services. The total cost of the project, involving contracts with vendors including Huawei of China and France-based Alcatel-Lucent, is expected to reach USD400 million.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 11 February 2014 15:57:21 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 31 January 2014

The Dominican Republic’s telecoms watchdog, Instituto Dominicano de las Telecomunicaciones (Indotel), has unveiled details of its ‘National Fiber Optic Network’ project, which is included in the government’s 2014-2015 Biennial Plan. The network, which will require investment of DOP2.675 billion (USD61.72 million), is expected to be co-funded by the World Bank, which could contribute as much as USD30 million.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, in October 2008 the regulator announced that it expected a national fibre-optic backbone network to be complete before the end of 2010, providing broadband services to at least 90% of the country, and ensuring that all households have access at least a 128kbps minimum speed. However, Indotel has revised its timetable on several occasions, with little in the way of concrete progress reported.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 31 January 2014 15:54:49 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 06 January 2014

Level 3 Communications has expanded and upgraded its Latin American network in four of the region’s largest countries – Argentina, Brazil, Colombia and Venezuela – to support what it says is a growing desire from carrier and business customers for higher speed integrated IP solutions. Focusing on Buenos Aires, the service provider expanded its Argentina metro Ethernet network, including upgrades to a number of its optical rings in the Macro/Microcenter. In Brazil, Level 3 expanded its national backbone network by deploying a new metro network route in Porto Alegre and enhancing the capacity in Rio de Janeiro to meet increasing demands in the Botafogo and Barra neighbourhoods. Finally, in Colombia and Venezuela the service provider extended network coverage, adding Chuao and La Salle to its Metro plan in Venezuela by deploying new fibre solutions and expanding the capacity of Gateway La Urbina, the main site in Caracas.

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) has announced the completion of a major North American network expansion, with the addition of 18,400km of fibre to its global backbone. By doing so, the company will extend its reach to 44 US cities by 31 December 2014. Going forward, the network expansion will enable TSIC to provide diverse connectivity into South America, where it is experiencing rapid growth.

China Unicom Americas (CUA), the North American subsidiary of China Unicom, has established a new point of presence (PoP) in Seattle in order to extend its data services to customers in the US and Canada. With this new PoP, CUA said it will be able to extend its product and service lines closer to its customers, including access to low latency routes to major financial hubs such as New York and Chicago.

Deutsche Telekom’s International Carrier Sales & Solutions (ICSS) unit and Beeline Russia, the domestic subsidiary of international player Vimpelcom Group, have jointly announced the establishment of seamless interconnection between their IPX networks. Vimpelcom said that it selected ICSS because of its ‘high expertise in this field and the large number of partner contracts and mobile operators’ interconnections including, but not limited to, T-Mobile’.

A new partnership between Telecom Namibia, NewTelco SA and Germany’s Deutscher Commercial Internet Exchange (DE-CIX) has confirmed that it will establish international access points in South Africa and Namibia connecting to the German internet exchange. Last year Telecom Namibia and NewTelco SA worked together to establish points of presence (PoP) in South Africa and various European communication hubs.

Optical transport equipment vendor Coriant says it has partnered with Polish alternative service provider Netia to trial 400Gbps DWDM technology. The contract represents Coriant’s second reported trial of 400Gbps technology, following a similar endeavour with A1 Telekom Austria.

Hawaiki Cable Limited, the New Zealand-based owner and developer of the Hawaiki submarine cable system, has announced that it will land its proposed 14,000km trans-Pacific cable in Oregon, in the United States. As such, the company has signed turnkey contracts with US providers Tillamook Lightwave and CoastCom for key infrastructure and connectivity, including a cable landing station, terrestrial infrastructure and a new fibre backhaul network that will connect the cable landing station to the city of Hillsboro, near Portland.

South African IT services provider Dimension Data has confirmed that it will launch four new global datacentres in the coming months, in order to address demand for enterprise-class cloud facilities. Services will become available at the following managed cloud platform (MCP) locations: Ashburn, Virginia, US; Melbourne, Australia (November 2013); London, UK and Sao Paulo, Brazil (both January 2014). The new facilities bring the company’s total number of MCP locations to eleven.

Colonel Le Dang Dzung, deputy general director of Viettel Group, has confirmed that the military-backed telco will invest around USD200 million next year to build what it claims will be ‘the biggest telecom network infrastructure’ in the landlocked west African country of Burkina Faso. The deal will also see Viettel overseeing a project designed to extend broadband connectivity to schools. The deal was agreed on 5 November.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 06 January 2014 11:11:42 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 21 August 2013

Bolivian mobile network operator Telecel, which operates under the Tigo banner, is planning to invest around USD130 million, local news source Los Tiempos reports. Of the total, around USD55 million is said to have been said aside for the acquisition of additional wireless spectrum, while the remainder will be utilised for the deployment of fibre-optic infrastructure across the country, as well as for international submarine connectivity.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 21 August 2013 08:16:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 24 July 2013

Vodafone Italy has announced that it intends to extend its fibre-optic network to 27 new locations, namely: Ancona, Bari, Bergamo, Bologna, Brescia, Brindisi, Catania, Catanzaro, Como, Florence , Forli, Genoa, Monza, Naples, Padua, Palermo, Pescara, Pisa, Reggio Emilia, Rome, Taranto, Turin, Treviso, Varese, Venezia, Verona and Vicenza. When the rollout has been completed, end-users will benefit from transmission speeds of 30Mbps/3Mbps (down/upstream).

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 24 July 2013 08:14:36 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 15 July 2013
Brazil's Telebras and the National Telecommunications Agency (Anatel) have teamed up with the telecommunications company of Uruguay to set up a joint infrastructure that integrates the telecommunications networks of Brazil and Uruguay. This is the first initiative for the effective implementation of an optical ring between the South American countries. The integration of the networks of the two countries allowed the installation of the first Binational Telecentre of Latin America, located in Santana do Livramento, a city that borders Rivera, in Uruguay. A Wi-Fi system was also set up to meet the needs of the people in the two countries. The network aims to provide a high-speed network, with voice, data and image services.

Source: Telecom Paper.

Monday, 15 July 2013 08:02:35 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

Myanmar Post and Telecommunication (MPT) has invited an open tender for IP transit services with a total capacity of 10Gbps or higher and building a national fibre-optic network, reports Livemint. According to a report by Deloitte, Myanmar currently has just 14,000 kilometres of fibre and approximately 1,800 telecoms masts. ‘There are lots of opportunities in Myanmar’s telecom sector. While we have called for tenders for the two telecom licences, our plan is to invite participation for providing internet services,’ Thaung Tin, deputy minister for communications and information technology, said in an interview. ‘Also, there is a huge requirement of fibre rollout, for which we plan to call the tenders after the award of the telecom licences.’

Meanwhile, the winners of the two concessions currently up for grabs will be announced on 27 June. ‘Awarding these telecom licences is a priority. Since there was limited spectrum, we are currently looking at awarding only two licences,’ Thaung Tin said. ‘However, going forward we plan to award more licences to increase competition.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 15 July 2013 07:49:17 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

BNAmericas reports Brazilian telecoms operator TIM Participacoes (TIM Brasil) as saying that it expects to have deployed a total of 40,000km of fibre-optic networks in the country by the end of this year. Quoting the head of its TIM Fiber division Rogerio Takayanagi, speaking at the Broadband Latin America conference in Sao Paulo, the telco plans to continue rollout over the next two years to more than 50,000km, he said. The operator’s TIM Fiber infrastructure currently serves 21 municipalities in the regions of Greater Sao Paulo and Rio de Janeiro. It has so far amassed around 20,000 retail customers for its fibre broadband service, four-fifths of whom enjoy minimum connection speeds of 35Mbps. Mr Takayanagi says that TIM Brasil is currently spending BRL800 (USD358.9) per fibre connection in CAPEX on the deployment – compared to a national average of approximately BRL3,000 – and has cornered a roughly 76% market share in the areas in which its fibre-to-the-curb (FTTC) service TIM Fiber is offered.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 15 July 2013 07:40:32 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 

In response to growing consumer demand for data services, Argentine fixed line incumbent Telecom Argentina has announced plans to invest ARS1.1 billion (USD201.4 million) in the rollout of a fibre-optic network in major cities. The company said in a press release that it will use the funds to install fibre-to-the-cabinet (FTTC), fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) and fibre-to-the-building (FTTB) infrastructure, as well as to introduce new access technologies including VDSL2, to offer its ‘Arnet’ fixed broadband customers maximum download speeds of up to 100Mbps. Telecom Argentina said rollout will begin in the country’s largest cities, including the Buenos Aires metropolitan area, Cordoba and Rosario, potentially reaching around one million customers. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the firm had a total of 1.626 million fixed broadband subscribers at the end of March 2013, placing it second in the market behind Telefonica de Argentina with 1.755 million customers.

Source: TeleGeography.

Monday, 15 July 2013 07:34:34 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 05 June 2013

The World Bank has approved total funding of USD60 million in International Development Association (IDA) credits to support the respective governments of Mauritania and Togo, which are looking to bolster their telecoms connectivity through the implementation of new fibre-based broadband networks, and also to update their regulatory regimes to support and encourage private sector competition in each country. In a press release dated 30 May, the World Bank says each nation will benefit from USD30 million in funding under the IDA to expand broadband access, drive down costs, improve the quality and reliability of voice and data services, and to act as a backbone network to stimulate private sector involvement. It is understood that the project forms part of a wider USD300 million West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Programme (WARCIP) that is designed to help bridge the connectivity vacuum between 16 West African countries and with the rest of the world.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 05 June 2013 08:57:20 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 23 May 2013

Nepal’s minister for information and communications Madhav Prasad Paudel has said the government is committed to improving its fibre-optic links in the country, specifically through the deployment of optical networks along highways and trunk roads. e-Kantipur notes that the state’s backing of the plan comes at a time when its efforts to roll out the district optical fibre project are faltering. Speaking last Friday, Paudel called for an increase in activity concerning fibre-optic networks, saying that ‘the government will arrange the required funds’.

The national regulator, the Nepal Telecommunications Authority (NTA), has been aiming to roll out fibre-optic networks along the country’s Mid-Hill Highway for several years, using monies supplied by Nepal’s Rural Telecommunication Development Fund – thought to be worth NPR7 billion (USD80.9 million). However, efforts to connect around 75 administrative districts have so far stalled due to what have been termed ‘procedural’ delays. The minister has called on the domestic telecoms industry to re-galvanise efforts to boost ICT in education, heath, rural development, and in its import and export markets.

Source: TeleGeography.

Thursday, 23 May 2013 13:04:33 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Wednesday, 30 January 2013

The government of South Sudan is looking to deploy a fibre-optic network connecting the capital Juba with submarine cables in east Africa, in a bid to reduce the high cost of internet services in the landlocked country. ‘We are targeting this year, within this year, that we will be connected to the submarine cable,’ Juma Stephen, undersecretary at the Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services, told news agency Reuters, adding: ‘Construction of fibre-optic cables will more than halve internet prices and make it twice as fast.’ South Sudan, which officially gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, currently relies on slow and expensive satellite links for international bandwidth. Stephen said the government is carrying out a feasibility study on whether to connect with submarine cables (such as The East African Marine System [TEAMS], Eastern Africa Submarine System [EASSy] and SEACOM) in Djibouti or Kenya’s Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

Source: TeleGeography.

Wednesday, 30 January 2013 08:39:14 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Thursday, 24 January 2013

Con el avance y puesta en marcha del Proyecto Nacional de Fibra Óptica, 226 municipios adicionales se conectarán con servicios de Internet de alta calidad.

El anuncio lo hizo el Presidente de la República, Juan Manuel Santos, durante el Acuerdo para la Prosperidad realizado en Coyaima (Tolima), en donde resaltó que gracias a este proyecto el 100% de los municipios del Tolima ya están conectados con fibra óptica.
Los 266 municipios beneficiados hacen parte del primer grupo del Proyecto Nacional de Fibra Óptica, que lidera el MinTIC, y gracias a la cual se conectarán a la autopista de la información el 96% los municipios del país.
 Las poblaciones del primer grupo están ubicados en 9 departamentos: Antioquia (29), Caldas (17), Cundinamarca (32), La Guajira (1), Meta (13), Nariño (38), Norte de Santander (24), Risaralda (9), Santander (31) y Tolima (32).
El Proyecto Nacional de Fibra Óptica consta de una gran red que se despliega por todo el país interconectando las cabeceras municipales. Con este proyecto Colombia pasó de tener 200 municipios conectados en el 2011 a 551 a comienzos del 2013, y la meta es llegar a 1.078 en el año 2014. 
El despliegue de la infraestructura óptica inició en noviembre de 2012 y durante el proceso que culminará en el 2014 se construirá una red de 15.000 kilómetros a lo largo de todo el país. 
El Ministro TIC, Diego Molano Vega, precisó:” Este proyecto, que hace parte de los objetivos del Plan Vive Digital, permitirá que el país se ubique a la vanguardia de conectividad en América Latina, haciendo parte del grupo de líderes que actualmente implementan proyectos nacionales de banda ancha, soportados en redes de fibra óptica”.
¿Por qué Fibra Óptica?
A través de esta red se transmiten voz, imágenes, videos y datos a grandes velocidades y menor costo en comparación a otras tecnologías, convirtiendo la fibra óptica en una verdadera autopista de la información para los colombianos.
Las señales que son transportadas no se ven afectadas por cambios climáticos o radiaciones electromagnéticas.
¿Para qué Fibra Óptica?
 · Ofrecer servicios como Internet, televisión digital y telefonía en municipios pequeños.
 · Generar oportunidades de Educación a través de Internet.
 · Mejorar los sistemas de información de las entidades públicas, privadas e instituciones de atención en caso de emergencia.
 · Incentivar a entidades de salud a desarrollar proyectos de telemedicina.
 · Promover el desarrollo de contenidos y de aplicaciones.
 · Consolidar una herramienta para las miles de MiPymes colombianas.
 · Generar más oportunidades de negocio en temas como la Educación Virtual y los Contact Center.

Source: Dinero.

Thursday, 24 January 2013 10:01:25 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 08 January 2013
GSM operator Cellcom Liberia has announced plans to deploy a new ultra-high speed fibre-optic network in the country. quotes the cellco’s CEO Avishia Marziano, as making the announcement at the end of 2012. ‘We are delighted with this feat achieved by our organisation especially at this time. Cellcom continues to prove itself as an innovative and technology market leader as we have again demonstrated this latest position as we go live with the ACE fibre-optic cable,’ Marziano said. Echoing his words, corporate communications spokesperson Dr Kimmie Weeks noted: ‘Cellcom has invested over USD2.5 million into the ACE fibre-optic cable … creat[ing] the road to the super highway so that our customers will be able to access and enjoy the benefits of fibre.’

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 08 January 2013 08:54:22 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Monday, 29 October 2012

Liquid Telecom, part of the Econet Wireless group, has lit a direct fibre connection between Zimbabwe and the West African Cable System (WACS) landing station near Cape Town in South Africa, providing Zimbabwe with an alternative route for high speed international traffic. Simultaneously, Liquid announced it has begun rolling out an urban fibre network in Zimbabwean capital Harare.

Liquid Telecom operates a fibre network providing backhaul between cities in Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Lesotho and South Africa and last mile connectivity in some large cities. It operates as a wholesale carrier in all five countries as well as a broadband access provider in Zambia and Zimbabwe. Prior to the new WACS link, Liquid was already providing connectivity onto three other major subsea fibre systems in Africa, the EASSy, SEACOM and SAT3 cables.

Liquid has also built what it claims is the largest fibre network in Zimbabwe, providing broadband voice and data in all the major cities and towns, offering services for large enterprise, SME and residential customers as well as other providers in Zimbabwe. Liquid has started building the ‘first urban fibre network in Zimbabwe’, providing bandwidth speeds of up to 20Mbps in ‘a number of urban centres’. Liquid’s fibre network also serves sister cellco Econet Wireless by backhauling high speed 3G data and alleviating congestion.

Source: Telegeography.

Monday, 29 October 2012 17:03:40 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Tuesday, 17 July 2012

MTN Nigeria has introduced a range of new services for business customers based on the recently launched West African Cable System (WACS). IT News Africa reports that the services are managed by MTN Business and will provide high quality, low latency internet access to wholesalers such as internet service providers (ISPs), internet bandwidth resellers and carriers, as well as mobile users across the country. ‘MTN has the unique advantage of a pre-existing extensive terrestrial Internet Protocol (IP) and broadband backbone infrastructure, enabling us to deliver high grade and highly available internet capacity to anywhere and everywhere in Nigeria,’ said MTN’s chief enterprise solutions officer, Babatunde Osho. As noted in TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the USD650 million WACS cable system went live in May 2012, linking Europe, West Africa and South Africa with landings in the UK, Portugal, Canary Islands, Cape Verde, Cote D’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Nigeria, Cameroon, Republic of Congo, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa. In Nigeria the cable is managed by MTN from its landing point to the last mile operated service. The total capacity of the system is 5.12Tbps.

Source: TeleGeography.

Tuesday, 17 July 2012 13:41:26 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 22 June 2012

Following an investigation into the status of Uganda’s national backbone infrastructure project prior to the third and fourth stages of the network’s rollout, the chairperson of the ICT Parliamentary Committee, Paula Turyahikayo has said that the government might be forced to re-invest in the project for the backbone to be functional. According to Bikyamasr, the report said that only 43% of the deployed cable was protected from damage, and 122 connection points of the 299 installed were safe. Turyahikayo said that ‘phase one is in such a sorry state…all contractors of this phase must be blacklisted,’ and went on to blame the condition of the network on poor workmanship and the lack of supervision. James Saaka, executive director of the National Information Technology Authority, Uganda (NITA-U), claimed that the problems with the project were not the fault of the NITA-U, as the body had not been created until 2008, whereas work began in 2006-2007, and as a result ‘the entire first phase…was run without supervision.’

As noted by TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the difficulties surrounding the backbone first surfaced in 2009, and an investigation was launched in July 2011. The UGX201 billion (USD106 million) project was funded by the Export and Import Bank of China, which recommended Huawei for the installation: it is not known whether Huawei’s involvement was a compulsory part of the loan, but no tender was held. Following the completion of the first phase of deployment in January 2009 – the project already far behind schedule – it emerged that Huawei had installed cable inferior to the preferred type, and only 24 cores, rather than the 96 specified by the Ugandan ICT ministry. To make matters worse, the government claimed that it had been significantly over-charged, comparing its own project to a similar one in Rwanda. Uganda paid USD61 million for the installation of 2,100km of the out-dated cable, whilst Rwanda paid USD38 million for 2,300km of the preferred cable type. Further, the ICT ministry reported that it believed the actual installation had been flawed, as confirmed by the recent investigation, with the majority of the cable deployed less than 15m from the centre of roads and buried less than 1.5m from the surface thereby leaving the infrastructure vulnerable to accidental damage, vandalism and theft. In mid-2011, the government feared that as a result of the shoddy workmanship, it would be left with infrastructure that was less than required, and would require constant repairs that Uganda can ill-afford.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 22 June 2012 14:41:52 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     | 
 Friday, 24 February 2012

The Kenyan government intends to connect all 47 counties in the country to its ‘in-deployment’ fibre-optic cable by the end of June, Business Daily Africa reports. Although a total of 37 counties have been hooked up to the infrastructure to date, the government has reportedly formed a new committee – with members drawn from the Ministry of Information, the e-government Secretariat and the Communications Commission of Kenya (CCK) – to oversee the remainder of the initiative, and map out a connectivity plan for the unconnected regions. Previously, each of the state departments had been granted a separate budget to roll out infrastructure, leading to a slow rollout pace and a duplication of resources. Following the completion of the inter-county deployment, private sector telcos will be invited to provide last mile connectivity to end-users, using the broadband platform of their choice.

Source: TeleGeography.

Friday, 24 February 2012 09:15:58 (W. Europe Standard Time, UTC+01:00)  #     |