Orange Bissau launches 3G+ network in three cities

Telecoms

Mobile operator Orange Bissau last week launched an ultra-high speed 3G+ mobile service in the capital Bissau, and the cities of Bafata (central region) and Gabu (east region), according to its marketing director Mauricio Mane.

Orange intends to extend its service coverage to other major cities within the next two months, he said. Access costs for the new service are XOF250 (USD0.43) for 30MB of data (valid 24 hours), or XOF29,000 for 8GB of downloads, valid for one month.

The cellco began testing its HSPA-based 3G+ services in February 2014, and now aims to extend the live service To help support increased data demand on the new network, Mane said: ‘Orange has invested in a fibre link to Dakar [the capital city of neighbouring Senegal] which has more than enough capacity,’ to support its needs in Guinea-Bissau.

Ghana: Alcatel-Lucent completes fibre backbone project

Alcatel-Lucent and Ghana’s National Information Technology Agency (NITA) have revealed the completion of the Eastern corridor rural fibre-optic backbone project.

The Eastern corridor network, designed and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent, spans 775km and links Ghana’s north, south, and international submarine gateways via its eastern corridor. It serves major towns such as Kpando, Jasikan, Nkwanta, Bimbila, Yendi, Tamale, Gushiegu and Bawku as well as 23 smaller communities.

The network uses Alcatel-Lucent’s optical networking platform based on the 1830 photonic service switch with 100G technology.

According to both parties, the project signed in 2012 significantly expands communication links between Ghana’s Coastal line and Northern Boundary to Burkina Faso. The optical backbone will also improve communications links for central and regional administration offices, in support of the national ‘e-Ghana’ Program initiative.

Alcatel-Lucent has also provided computing and storage infrastructure for two data centres including help desk infrastructure, a performance management and rating system and an e-Learning Management System. Alcatel-Lucent will continue to manage network operations for Ghana’s entire ‘e-government’ infrastructure until 2016.

Commenting on the milestone, Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President, Alcatel-Lucent in Africa said: “Through technology and innovation this project will help change the way people live, work and communicate, providing an important platform for sustainable growth and development. Alcatel-Lucent has long-standing expertise in IP transport and we are delighted to be a part of this project to support Ghana’s government initiative in continuously improving communications services for the country. The new network will be a catalyst for change to accelerate the development of rural areas in the country. Indeed every success has its network.”
Source: ITNews Africa 20 May 2015