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African Terrestrial Fibre Optic Infrastructure (AfTerFibre) gallery

May 29, 2013  »  BroadbandNo Comment

Steve Song, champion of delivering affordable telecoms access in Africa, maintains a variety of great resources for all things fibre cable. The ubiquitous African Undersea Cables map is just the beginning. After all, landlocked countries and the interior parts of coastal nations both need national backbones to deliver service to all.

Terrestrial cables are mapped as part of the African Terrestrial Fibre Optic Cable Mapping Project (AfTerFibre). The terrestrial cables operating in each African country are not only mapped visually using KML files, but each operator’s cable network is summarized on a Wikipedia page.

In many cases, terrestrial fibre network maps are made available online on Flickr. Most are a couple of years old, but the core routes remain the same (and hopefully have expanded since).

The great project allows us to see networks from under-served countries. Below are selected terrestrial fibre maps, all from Flickr/ssong. (East African nations, South Africa, Nigeria, and Ghana are left out of this post, but can be found on the Flickr set).

Gabon, Congo, DRC

Gabon, Cameroon, DRC, Congo

togo

Togo

Angola - Angola Telecom Network Map

Angola

Namibia - Telecom Namibia Network Map

Namibia

Niger - Sonitel

Niger

Senegal - Sonatel

Senegal

Mauritel - Mauritania

Mauritania

Chad Fibre Network

Chad

Benin - OPT

Benin

Sudan fibre network

Sudan

Botswana - Trans-Kalahari Fibre Backbone

Botswana

Zambia - Zesco Fibre Network

Zambia

Cameroun - Camtel

Cameroon

Madagascar - Telma backbone network

Madagascar

Mali Backbone

Mali