Helios Towers announces 1,800km new backbone network for DRC

24 August 2018


Helios Towers has announced it will upgrade and construct backbone sites covering 1,800km in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC).


The project, described by the company as a "double-digit investment", is scheduled to be completed in December 2018 and will connect the Equatorial rainforest and Kasaï-Central province.


It will also provide voice and data technologies, transmitting signals through microwave between towers of up to 40km apart.


According to Helios Towers, once completed, the backbone network could replace the existing satellite connectivity in the area and provide the infrastructure for increased 3G capacity. It could also facilitate the launch of 4G in Kisangani, DRC's third largest city, as well as 3G rollout in Northern Kasai.


Kash Pandya, CEO of Helios Towers Africa noted that while DRC has one of the lowest mobile penetration rates in the world "with only around 25% of its 85 million population having a phone", mobile penetration in the country is growing "incredibly fast". Read the full article on ITWeb Africa here.