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.

A project to build this fibre optic network is the result of a memorandum of understanding signed at the beginning of October in Kinshasa by the boss of the telecom sector and the builder of high-speed telecom infrastructure networks.

At the end of the meeting, Osama Qadan, operations manager of Benya Capital, explained that the firm “gave the general overview of the national fiber optic network project to mobile operators in the DRC. We are talking about digital transformation”.

He indicated that “the implementation phase of this project will start in 2021. At the moment we are in the final planning phase”. Qadan added that the current coronavirus pandemic has not helped ramp up work in recent months.