Chinese engineers deploy Brazzaville-Kinshasa fibre link under Congo River
The capitals of the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Brazzaville and Kinshasa, have been linked by an under-river fibre cable installed by Chinese engineers, Agence Ecofin reports.
An event held to celebrate the fibre deployment was attended by Kin-Kiey Mulumba, the DRC’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and New Technologies, and Thierry Moungalla, his Congolese counterpart. The move paves the way for the DRC to belatedly connect to the West African Cable System (WACS) submarine link, which officially launched on 11 May 2012.
The combined conurbation of Kinshasa-Brazzaville, which is divided by the Congo River, is home to around twelve million inhabitants, although significant political and infrastructure-related challenges generally prevent the two cities from functioning with any meaningful kind of connection.