Gabon Telecom, Libertis reveal expansion plans

7 Jul 2009

The management board of Gabon Telecom has revealed network expansion plans for the remainder of the year at its fixed line unit and mobile subsidiary Libertis. According to Gaboneco.com, the current investment programme is aimed at rolling out additional ADSL DSLAM equipment, modernising switches (including eleven DSLAM switches), deploying 30 additional fixed-wireless CDMA base stations in areas with low population density, and increasing Libertis’s number of GSM cell sites from 139 at end-June 2009 to 200 by the end of the year. Existing GSM coverage will be enhanced in Libreville, where 65% of Libertis’s mobile customers are. Gabon Telecom has recently built an SDH transmission backbone linking Franceville-Libreville, Boue-Oyem, Four-place-Lambarene and Mouila-Tchibanga, and the group has also introduced new platforms for international internet, voice and SMS traffic. The company, which was bought by Morocco’s Maroc Telecom in 2007, invested XAF33.8 billion (USD73 million) in its networks in 2008, including XAF11 billion in fixed line operations and XAF22.8 billion in the GSM business.