Western Africa has long been one of those places in the world where bandwidth comes from the ocean, not the land. Yesterday at the AfricaTech Festival, Orange made a move to change all that by announcing a pan-West African fiber network.
Orange and its subsidiaries launched Djoliba to offer secure connectivity to and within eight countries in the region. It will be operated and maintained from Dakar, Senegal, extending into the landlocked nations of Mali and Burkina Faso, and then to Cote d'Ivoire, and Ghana. It will also leverage the ACE, MainOne, and SAT3 cables to supplement that with connectivity to Nigeria, Liberia, and Guinea. Perhaps in the future the terrestrial portion will make its way to those destinations as well.
The infrastructure is of course not entirely new, but is based on connecting Orange's footprint in each of those countries. Djoliba will hopefully help boost the rest of the infrastructure sector across its coverage area, which supports as many as 330M people.
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