Telecom Constructs Fibre Network to Link Regional Capitals

TELECOM Namibia says plans are at an aanced stage to construct a fibre-based network to connect all regional capitals in the country.

Telecom’s senior manager of corporate communications, Oiva Angula, said yesterday that the construction of the primary fibre route to connect regional administrative capitals is already completed.

SECONDARY ROUTE

“Construction of a secondary fibre route to 12 regional administrative capitals is also done. The outstanding link is scheduled to be completed in March. The secondary route is important to ensure that the regional administrative capitals remain connected in cases of failures on the primary route,” Angula told The Namibian.

He said planning for Nkurenkuru as the administrative capital for new Kavango West region was finalised and work is scheduled to start as soon as the regional council premises have been constructed.

The fibre-based network project is being rolled out in phases with the first phase involving the establishment of the core network to connect the central government to the administrative capitals of all 14 regions.

“During this phase of the project, Telecom Namibia has invested about N$70 million. This phase is scheduled to be completed during the first quarter of 2015, depending on a number of factors outside Telecom Namibia’s control.”

HIGH-SPEED FIBRE

The next phase of the project involves the establishment of high-speed fibre connections to link up individual government offices, ministries and agencies to the high speed fibre-based government core network.

“During the latter phase, Telecom is expected to make further investments in last mile fibre optic connections,” said Angula.

The network is required to support government efforts towards decentralisation as well as the distribution of West Africa Cable System (WACS) capacities to individual government offices, ministries and for government agencies to make effective e-governance possible to the broader public.

Angula said with approximately 12 000 km of fibre optic cable across the country, 78 provider edge access routers have been deployed, covering 57 points of presence (towns).

For fixed broadband and high speed broadband services, Telecom started to roll out Multi Service Access Nodes (MSANs).

“To date we have deployed 72 MSAN nodes. Our total Broadband port capacity is currently standing at 92 000,” he said.

SAT3 and SEACOM

Telecom is connected to two other major submarine fibre cable routes, SAT3 and SEACOM, a fact Angula said enhances the reliability of Namibia’s connectivity to the global system.

With regard to mobile, Telecom achieved a network roll out of 259 base stations in 2014.

Investment in WACS was N$ 181 million during 2012. In the past three years alone, Telecom Namibia invested about N$1 billion, especially in deployment of our International points of presence (PoPs), implementation of a GSM and IMS core, the rollout of GSM base stations and Universal Backhauling Network.

Since inception, Telecom has invested N$ 4,2 billion in infrastructure, services and business support systems, Angula said.

Source : The Namibian