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05 December 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Work has finished on the Congo to Gabon section of the World Bank-funded fibre that will link up seven African nations.
Yves-Didier Miehakanda, the national coordinator for Congo
of the Central African Backbone (CAB) project, said that the
520km of fibre will be in service shortly.
"[It] will be commissioned at the end of December in the
presence of the respective ministers of digital economy of both
nations," said Miehakanda, quoted by the Ecofin news
The fibre runs from Pointe-Noire on the Republic of
Congo’s Atlantic Coast north to the border with
Gabon via Dolisie and Mbinda. Work on the project started in
This section of the CAB cost $30 million of a total put at $273
The CAB is due to link seven countries in five construction
phases: Cameroon, the Central African Republic, Chad,
Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC), Gabon, Republic of the
Congo and São Tomé and Príncipe.
The Congo to Gabon section is the second stage of the CAB, but
next year it will be extended from Congo to Cameroon and the
Central African Republic. The project includes a data centre in
Brazzaville, capital of Congo – which is directly
across the Congo river from Kinshasa, the capital of DRC.
The two sections in Gabon and DRC are the most expensive of the
CAB project, put at $109 million and $92 million