Algeria and Mauritania in fibre optic link up

18 February 2020

Algeria has completed a 75km cross-border fibre-optic network link with Mauritania.

The deployment of the section was announced by Algeria’s minister of post, telecommunications, technology and digitalisation, Houda Imane Faraoun.

Algeria is progressively forging links with other markets, having recently completed a 440km terrestrial fibre route over its southern border into Niger in November of last year.

Following extensive delays, Africa’s largest country by land mass is also now connected to Spain via the 770km Oran-Valencia (ORVAL) submarine cable, a partnership between Algérie Télécom IslaLink and ASN.

Originally scheduled to launch in mid-2017, the cable can be upgraded to a capacity of 40Tbps and will offer Algeria more diverse international routes.