ETHIOPIA’S ETC CHANGES FROM SATELLITE TO FIBRE

Telecoms

Ethiopian incumbent ETC seems to have completed its link to Sudan via Gondar and begun shifting its international traffic from satellite to the new, nearly-all fibre route. Users were reporting that ping times from Addis Ababa to an international destination had gone down to 109 milliseconds. By Thursday they had gone up to 340 milliseconds but this is still much better than had been achieved with the satellite connection. No official announcement has yet been made.

It is understood that there is a fibre optic link to Gondar that is now connected to the fibre network in the south-east of Sudan. There is still a stretch that uses microwave which was used to speed up the opening of the terrestrial link.