Orange to build international network in West Africa

Orange to build international network in West Africa

13 November 2019 | Natalie Bannerman

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Orange has announced its plans to build a new international backbone network in West Africa.

The new infrastructure will be built around a terrestrial fibre network combined with subsea cables that will both benefit from centralised supervision. In addition, this multi-regional West African network will connect to the rest of the world through additional subsea cables and will link up all the main capital cities in the region such as Dakar, Bamako, Abidjan, Accra and Lagos.

 “Through this project, Orange is clearly demonstrating its leadership and expertise in the design, deployment and operation of international network infrastructure,” said Jérôme Barré, CEO of Orange wholesale and international networks. “We are delighted to be able to offer our West African customers’ reliable, secure and high-quality international connectivity that connects them to the rest of the world.”

Once completed, the system will offer high levels of resilience and availability thanks to diversified paths. As a result, a range of international connectivity services will be available on the network. This includes international private line (IPL) services with bandwidth of 2Mbps to 100Gbps and Ethernet private line (EPL) offers enabling natively secure point to point connections (L2 VPN) and available bandwidth from 2Mbps to 10Gbps.

In addition, Orange is also offering international stakeholders access to its extensive solutions portfolio which includes hosting, OP transit, mobile data services (IPX), voice services, security, and content delivery networks (CDNs).

“For Orange, this West African backbone network represents a major investment that will secure availability of international connectivity and will enable us to meet the demand for increased bandwidth necessary for the continued digital development of regions within the zone,” added Alioune Ndiaye, CEO of Orange Middle East and Africa. 

Orange says that the new network has been designed to provide large-scale international capacity that will help support the development of a digital ecosystem and meet business needs in West Africa. The news also follows the company’s recent investment in the MainOne subsea cable connecting Senegal and Côte d’Ivoire to Europe, the West African backbone network is the next stage in the development of Orange’s international connectivity in Africa.