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Angola connected to Zambia and DRC by a fiber optic network

As of this Tuesday, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) and Zambia will be connected by a fiber optic network, whose connection started in Lobito, Benguela province.


"Within the scope of the Strategic Plan of the Angolan Executive to make Angola a regional hub, aligned with the regional objectives of SADC" the country made official, this Tuesday, its connection with the DRC and Zambia, "through a fiber network terrestrial optics".

According to a statement from the Ministry of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication, to which VerAngola had access, the terrestrial fiber connection with the DRC "was made between the operators Angola Telecom and Liquid DRC through two point-to-point circuits point, interconnecting, namely Luanda and Kinshasa, over a length of 1150 kilometers with a capacity of 40 Gbps [Gigabits per second], and from Luanda to Cabinda, via the commune of Noqui, in the province of Zaire, of which 690 kilometers between Luanda to Nóqui, which will provide access to voice and data services to national and international users".

According to the guardianship, "the plan to expand the terrestrial fiber optic network" is expected to reach "optical channels of up to 100Gbps each".

In turn, the connection between Angola and Zambia was carried out between Unitel and MTN, "in a point-to-point connection with the Zambian border, in the Karipande area (Moxico), to the company's PoP station, Angola Cables, in Luanda, with an extension of approximately 2000 kilometers".

The ministry adds that the network concerns a "DWDM system with 10Gbps optical channels".

The guardianship also refers that the execution of the referred connections, "certainly constitutes a historic moment for the three countries, in particular for SADC", since it will allow that the countries that border Zambia and the DRC "have regular access to communications and electronics services via the Republic of Angola".

According to Angop, the aforementioned connection was inaugurated via video call, in a connection made by Mário Oliveira, Minister of Telecommunications, Information Technologies and Social Communication, having the act witnessed by João Lourenço and by the presidents of Zambia and DRC.

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