Benin’s ISP Isocel raises €6m for network expansion

18 November 2020

ISP Isocel has secured a loan of €6m from French investment bank Bpifrance to expand its fibre optic network to more locations across Benin’s economic hub, Cotonou.

First announced in June 2018 and targeted at business and high-end residential customers, the project was expected to be completed in 2020, but has now been extended to 2021.

“Isocel will deploy by the end of 2021, 500km of optical fibre in Benin through the implementation of the project called Isocel Next Generation Access Network (INGAN),” the company said in a statement. With this project, Isocel is renewing its commitment to offer very high-speed internet in order to meet the increasingly growing demand for user bandwidth.”

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Kenya deploys 630km of fibre optic up north

18 November 2020

Northern Kenya’s Rift Valley province will soon be covered by broadband, courtesy of 630km of optical fibre are being deployed there, under the supervision of the ICT Authority.

With funding of nearly US$28m from the government and the World Bank, the broadband telecoms network will benefit the counties of Turkana, Trans Nzoia, Uasin Gishu..

It will also strengthen the existing, recently rehabilitated fibre optic network between the towns of Eldoret and Nadapal.

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Egyptian firm to build DRC fibre network

18 November 2020

Egyptian telecom and technology solutions provider Benya Capital will build a 16,000km fibre optic network in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).

Augustin Kibassa Maliba, DRC’s minister of posts, telecommunications and new information and communication technologies (PT-NTIC), received an audience with the representatives of the Egyptian firm Benya Capital on October 21. It was then that the company presented the route of the project to him.

The officials presented him with the different stages and the route of the optical fibre network, 16,000km long, that it will deploy in 2021.

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TE to provide SHG with first subsea solution

16 November 2020

Telecom Egypt and St Helena Government (SHG) have inked a deal to connect the island to the former’s  subsea system over the Equiano submarine cable system.

The operator will be the first to provide St Helena with a fibre optic connection to the rest of the world, which is a crucial step towards the island’s economic growth. The cable, along with the associated high-speed internet, is planned to be delivered to the Island by early 2022.

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