The government of Cote d’Ivoire has started work on the third phase of its national broadband network (NBN), according to Abidjan.net, which cites a statement from the National Agency for Universal Service in Telecommunications (L’Agence Nationale du Service Universel des Telecommunications/TIC, ANSUT). The deployment will be carried out by French firm Bouygues, working alongside SagemCom and Polyconseil, and is expected to conclude in 2017. On completion the NBN will span around 7,000km, it says.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the project started in earnest in 2012 when Chinese vendor Huawei rolled out a 1,400km cable linking the south-western port city of San Pedro to Ferkessedougou in the central north. Phase two of the project got underway in July 2013, focusing on a 650km link connecting Grand-Bassam and Abidjan in the south-east with the north-eastern town of Bouna. The second phase was carried out by Chinese state owned gear maker China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC).