BENIN GETS SAT3 LANDING STATION AS NITEL BUILDS IN REDUNDANCY

Telecoms

To ensure uninterrupted service to its customers in Nigeria, NITEL is making huge investments in another connection to SAT-3 at Cotonou, the Republic of Benin. NITEL's acting Managing Diretor, Albert Mashi gave this indication last week at the launch of NITEL's IP Wholesale service in Lagos.

He explained that because of the priority the National Carrier attached to uninterrupted service to its customers in delivering its IP service, the company had to make such huge investment on an alternative route for service delivery in case of failure on the primary route. This landing station will be connected using separate terrestrial fibre routes.

Right now on the SAT-3 sea-cable, there is a relatively small piece of fiber, the leg coming from the main sea cable to the landing station in Lagos, that is not protected against fiber cuts. This has in the past been severed by a passing ship leading to a service cut that lasted several weeks. During a fiber cut 100% of the normal capacity is re-routed using a satellite backup solution. The Cotonou investment is to guard against such occurrences in the future as the SAT-3 develops to full maturity. Also from the Beninois perspective, it gives that country a fibre outlet on to SAT3. In time, Nigeria may well become a sub-regional hub for fibre traffic similar to Senegal.

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