In brief

22 March 2019

Telecoms

Orange Burkina Faso – which launched LTE-A services in capital city Ouagadougou in January this year – has extended its footprint to five new locations, including Bobo-Dioulasso, the second largest city in the country. Other new locations now covered by the cellco’s 4G infrastructure include Koudougou, Koubri, Banfora and Manga.

The European Investment Bank (EIB) board of directors has approved funding of USD25 million for a regional integration project aiming to connect Cape Verde to the rest of the region via an undersea link to Guinea-Bissau and the Mano River countries (Sierra Leone, Liberia and Guinea-Conakry). Guinean broadband operator Guineenne de la Large Bande SA (GUILAB) and Cabo Verde Telecom have already inked a memorandum of understanding (MoU) for the deployment of the submarine fibre-optic cable called Cap Amilcar Cabral, with feasibility studies for the system set to commence soon.

The South Africa Far East (SAFE) submarine cable is back in service after undergoing maintenance work, which started on 19 March. The maintenance work caused slowdowns in internet speeds in several African countries.