Huawei’s fibre network to connect DR Congo and Gabon

Internet-childrenInternet in Central Africa is limited by a lower penetration rate when compared to the rest of the world. (Image source: The Advocacy Project/Flickr)Telecom company Huawei has announced that it will provide a fibre optic network worth US$26mn to connect DR Congo and Gabon

According to the company, the 550 km fibre network will come fortified with Optical Transport Network (OTN) technology providing signal transport, management and switching as well as Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM), which will allow first rate bidirectional communications and signal transmissions over single mode fibre.

Luc Missidimbazi, chief coordinator at Central African Backbone in DR Congo, said, “The project being undertaken by Huawei is a key piece in the plans of the Central African Backbone, which is an initiative supported by the World Bank that has set out to connect the Central African states with a fibre optic backbone.”

Missidimbazi expressed hope that Huawei’s construction will be prompt and of the high quality. “It is a hope in both DR Congo and Gabon that the fibre optic infrastructure will significantly benefit Internet connections and help diversify the economy through ICT in both countries,” he added.

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