China Telecom Group has signed a cooperation agreement with Djibouti’s incumbent telco Djibouti Telecom, aimed at supporting it in a number of ongoing development projects in the region. The deal was signed during the sixth China-Africa Forum held in Johannesburg, South Africa, Agence Ecofin reports, marking the conclusion of talks that began two months ago in Hungary, covering topics such as financing and cooperation of China Telecom Group concerning the operator’s network infrastructure plans. Specifically, Djibouti Telecom is looking to modernise its network to deliver quality improvements to its customers, and to that end has embarked on several separate funding rounds since August 2015. Firstly, it is involved with the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) and South-East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SeaMeWe-5) submarine cable systems, which are designed to boost the internet gateway. Secondly, unconfirmed reports suggest that the telco is working toward the completion of the so-called ‘DARE’ draft regional fibre-optic submarine cable – again part of the ongoing drive to cement Djibouti’s position as a key ICT hub in the Africa region.