Following the completion of the first phase of the Congolese component of the Central African Backbone (CAB) project, Congo is now connected to Cameroon through a 347km terrestrial fibre optic cable.
The fibre network was established by Huawei, China Communications Services International (CCSI) and Globotech-MG Telecom.
The project included the construction of technical sites in Sémbé, Souanké, Ntam, Ouesso and Paris village, and the laying of more than 72-strand fibre optic cables and CCTV installation cameras as well as two HDPE fibres.
In May 2022, Congo’s Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Digital Economy, Léon Juste Ibombo and Cameroon’s Ambassador to Congo, Mpouel Bala Lazare, received the interconnection at the Congolese border town of Ouesso.
Due to the additional infrastructure, internet costs in the country have declined, with internet cafes dropping their rates from US$2.46 to US$0.82 per hour.
According to Project Coordinator of CAB-Congo, Michel Ngakala, the interconnection is expected to provide better quality services at high speed.
“This project represents a new step towards digitising the economy and reducing the digital divide,” Ngakala said.
The US$11-million project is financed by the African Development Bank (AfDB) as part of the CAB project to connect several African countries via land-based fibre optic connections and provide them with digital broadband access to the global network from the landing points of various submarine cables.
The interconnection is expected to create job creation and expand the production of goods and services in Cameroon and Congo, as well as reduce the cost of telecommunications/ICT.