French infrastructure provider Axione, part of the Bouygues Energies and Services group, has been awarded a contract by the Gabonese government to maintain and operate the country’s undersea and terrestrial fibre-optic networks. The network, which is currently under deployment, will eventually comprise a fibre spur running along the Transgabonnais railway network and linking the cities of Franceville and Libreville to the 1,140km African Coast Europe (ACE) submarine cable system. The network will also interconnect Koulamoutou, Lastourville, Franceville, Bongoville, Lekoni,Moanda, Bakoumba and Lekoko, before crossing the border to link with the Congo-Brazzaville fibre-optic network.
As previously reported by TeleGeography’s CommsUpdate, in October 2014 the government of Gabon signed a USD58 million agreement with the World Bank paving the way for the deployment of a fibre-optic network connecting the oil-rich country’s five provinces via broadband, and linking to neighbouring Republic of Congo via a cross-border connection. ChinaCommunication Service International (CCSI), a subsidiary of China Telecom Group, won the contract to build out the network, with work scheduled to be completed within four years.