Incumbent operators Djibouti Telecom (DT) and Ethio Telecom have reportedly struck a deal to use their respective fibre-optic systems on national rail communications links to deliver telecoms services. Agence Ecofin reports that the PTOs have agreed to use the facilities on the rail link between the Ethiopian capital Addis Ababa to the port city of Djibouti. Ethio Telecom CEO Frehiwot Tamru is quoted as saying that employing the alternative telecoms infrastructure afforded by the railway link will enable it to ‘guarantee people access to quality telecom services in the event of an incident on the national fibre-optic network, which is often subject to acts of vandalism’. Effectively a back-up option, the rail optical fibre infrastructure will augment its other deal to use Ethiopia Electric Power’s fibre-optic cable in the event of an outage. Further, DT and Ethio Telecom discussed other partnership agreements ranging from telecom interconnection, roaming and the installation in Ethiopia of a PoP to provide an international gateway capability to neighbouring countries.