Liquid Telecom Zambia Aims to Connect 100,000 homes

Zimbabwe based internet service provider ZOL, which is owned by Africa’s leading telecommunication network provider Liquid Telecom aims to connect more than 100,000 houses to its fiber optic network by 2017. ZOL expects increasing demand in the coming years for high speed broadband services, which is possible through fiber optic networks. The service provider’s Chief Executive Officer, Denny Marandure says…

Africa-1 Consortium Members Sign MoU

The consortium members of the Africa-1 Submarine fiber-optic cable system including MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South Africa have signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) to proceed to the successful implementation of the project. Africa-1 is a consortium-funded submarine network system that will connect many African countries with countries in the Middle…

DFA Buys Controlling Stakes of SADV

South African Open-access Fiber-optic network infrastructure provider Dark Fibre Africa (DFA) announced the acquisition of certain percentage of stake-holdings in ‘South Africa Digital Villages’ (SADV). SA Digital Villages (SADV) operates in the Fiber-to-the-Home broadband deliver market segment in South Africa. SADV can transform from its current business model to a wholesale Open-access FTTH service provider in the market. Since its…

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Furukawa Selects Tangier in Morocco for Fiber Optic Cable Factory

Furukawa Electric will open its new fiber optic cable factory in Tangier, Morocco. We have reported on May 8, 2015, about Furukawa’s intention to establish a new manufacturing facility in Africa. Read the full news here: Furukawa to Build Fiber Optic Cable Factory in Africa. At the time of reporting, the location of the factory was not disclosed. Now it…

Vodacom to Install Its Own Fiber Optic Network

Vodacom announced its intention to deploy fiber optic cables by itself and for its own use in Mozambique. This is against the policies that are being initiated by the telecommunication regulatory authority in Mozambique, which asks the competitors to share their network so that investment in telecom infrastructure could be effectively utilized. However the South African mobile phone company Vodacom operating in Mozambique has rejected the recommendations from the Mozambican regulatory body, the INCM (National Communications institute of Mozambique) that basic infrastructure should be shared between telecommunications operators, and instead it is pushing ahead with its own network of fiber-optic cables.

Fiber Optic Network Links Mozambique and South Africa

The small gap in the fiber optic link between South Africa and Mozambique has now been closed. Fiber optic cables crossing Mozambique and South Africa border has been installed and commissioned. People are looking to see whether Telkom SA (South Africa) offers rates that are sufficiently cheap to be competitive with satellite, something it has not offered Lesotho and Namibia’s incumbent telecom operators.