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Orange launches Djoliba, its first pan-West African fiber-optic network

by Milcah Lukhanyu
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Orange has launched Djoliba, the first pan-African terrestrial fibre optic network, coupled with undersea cables, offering secure connectivity abroad from West Africa.

Djoliba aims to support the digital ecosystem and meets the growing needs for connectivity in the region and will be operated and maintained from Dakar for greater efficiency, responsiveness and proximity.

According to Alioune Ndiaye, CEO Orange Middle East and Africa:“ With Djoliba, local populations will be able to access healthcare or educational services more easily, as well as the applications offered by cloud computing. Development of access to digital technology is a key challenge for Africa and I would like to congratulate our teams in all the countries for their remarkable work that has enabled the Djoliba project to come to fruition.”

This new backbone will cover 8 countries: Burkina Faso, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Guinea, Liberia, Mali, Nigeria and Senegal. The cross-border network will provide a service between two capitals, operators had to integrate the offers of several provider and join several different networks which were interconnected at the borders.

Djoliba is the first network that offers complete security in West Africa with more than 10,000 km of terrestrial fibre optic network, coupled with 10,000 km of undersea cables, superfast broadband provision (up to 100 Gbit/s) and a 99.99% availability rate. This network covers 16 points of presence with a grid of nearly 155 technical sites, and connects 300 points of presence in Europe, America and Asia.

It is based on Orange’s Tier 1 network and therefore provides a seamless connection to the Group’s international networks.

Jérôme Barré, CEO Orange Wholesale & International Networks:“With Djoliba, Orange is once again confirming its expertise and leadership in the deployment and operation of international terrestrial and undersea networks. Consequently, all the operators, companies, and institutions in West Africa now benefit from seamless connectivity that is open to the whole world, thanks to a single customer point of contact and unparalleled service availability.”

Orange is currently present in 18 African countries, and has more than 120 million customers. The Group is continuing its investment on the continent to offer reliable, secure and high-quality connectivity, and contribute to the populations’ digital inclusion.

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