Cameroon’s Ministry of Posts and Telecommunications updated that the total distance of fiber optic networks in the country has reached to nearly 12,000 kilometers. This was achieved by installing 3,950 kilometers of backbone fiber cables as part of the third phase of national fiber optic backbone project. The third phase is completed this year. Cameroon started the first phase of the national fiber optic backbone project in 2009. Second phase was started in 2011 and was completed in 2013. Second phase consisted of 3,200 kilometers of fiber cable route. As part of the strategy, the second phase was executed at the northern region of the country.
Evolving satellite technologies may offer competitive broadband architectures in th future, India’s Telecom minister Manoj Sinha said. He was talking at an event organized by Broadband India Forum. Providing Affordable broadband to the public is a challenge to the telecommunication authorities in India. Though Indian government make every effort to deploy wired broadband through optical fibers, the reality in India makes the service providers depend on wireless technologies.
US based global pioneer in fiber optic industry, Corning Incorporated will buy another world famous fiber optic components maker 3M Communications’ Texas based unit. The deal worth US$900 million will make corning strong in the field of fiber optic accessories and components. Corning will acquire substantial stakes of all of 3M’s Communication markets division, a press release from Corning reveals. This move will strengthen Corning’s global market reach and will expand its product portfolio for high bandwidth solution market.
On November 6, Huawei Marine announced that it had started its survey work and desk study to build submarine fiber optic cable system called PEACE (Pakistan East Africa Cable Express). Huawei in collaboration with one of the key investors Tropic Science Co.Ltd will survey the cable route from Pakistan’s southern coast to the East African region. With initial work underway, the project is targeted for completion in Q4, 2019.
Cellcom Reaches Agreements with Partner Communications for Network
Israel’s telecom operator Cellcom Israel Ltd (CIL) is in negotiations with another telecom operator Partner Communications Company Ltd (PCCL) or Partner for deploying a common fiber optic network and sharing it by both firms. The legal terms of the long-term agreement states that each party will be entitled to purchase from time to time, as per its needs and at its sole discretion, fiber optic infrastructure services (including Indefeasible Right of Use – IRU) in the other party’s present and/or future fiber optics infrastructure in order to connect residential buildings throughout Israel.
UK based satellite TV and broadband player Sky is entering the fibre-to-the-home (FTTH) business in Ireland after striking a landmark deal with SIRO. Sky is already into the broadband business in Ireland by providing services over Fiber to the Cabinet (FTTC) architecture, which is predominant in the UK and Ireland. Sky’s entry will accelerate SIRO’s FTTH deployment.
AFL, a 100% subsidiary of Japan based Fujikura and a leading manufacturer of fiber-optic cable and accessories, has revealed its plans to manufacture products to deliver to the datacenter market at its Bangalore (Bengaluru) facility for North American and other Asian markets. AFL will partner with Citadel Intelligent Systems for manufacturing in India and will primarily produce equipment designed for data centres for existing and new customers.
Nigerian government is planning to deploy 18,000 kilometers of fiber optic cables in order to make optical connectivity throughout the country so that Nigeria can make itself ready for industrialization. The Nigeria Industrial Policy and Competitiveness Advisory Council, set up in March 2017 and running under the Ministry of Industry, Trade and Investment, has commenced initiatives to accelerate the country’s industrialisation by installing fiber optic cable nationwide to improve broad band penetration.