21 November 2016
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
African operator InterCEL+ is to build a wireless network to connect the ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) subsea cable across the republic of Guinea.
The project is set to provide a significant boost to local
economies across Guinea, offering businesses affordable access
to fibre-like broadband speeds that enable a wealth of advanced
communications, said CBNL, the equipment company that will
supply the network.
Mutaz Elbadawi, chief commercial officer at InterCEL+,
"The network has the potential to revolutionise broadband in
Guinea, helping businesses develop value added services,
compete on international markets and transform their growth
The mining sector drives 15% of the gross domestic product of
Guinea, which has a population of around 11.5 million.
The first phase of the project is already running in the
capital city of Conakry, offering businesses up to a tenfold
increase in bandwidth compared to the legacy WiMax links they
had previously been using.
InterCEL+ will use CBNL’s VectaStar equipment,
said Kamel Kaddoumi, vice president of sales for the Middle
East and North Africa at CBNL. "InterCEL+ will benefit from
VectaStar’s significant cost savings, together
with guaranteed bandwidth and the ability to build hub sites
delivering up to 14.4Gbps," he said.
InterCEL+ is part of an African telecoms group called Expresso,
which has operations in Ghana, Mauritania and Senegal as well
as Guinea. Expresso is 75% owned by state-controlled Sudanese
operator Sudatel and is a major partner in the ACE project.
InterCEL+ manages the ACE cable landing station in
Africa Coast to Europe,