Malawi’s President Lazarus Chakwera has launched the second phase of the country’s National Fibre Backbone Project in Lilongwe, reports ITWeb. Phase Two is being implemented by Chinese equipment vendor Huawei and will include the rollout of up to 3,000km of fibre-optic cable, as well as the construction of a national data centre. The project seeks to improve nationwide connectivity through the rollout of broadband services to connect government ministries, departments and agencies, as well as over 100,000 companies and households.
TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the first phase of the National Fibre Backbone Project was completed in early 2018, connecting the country’s 28 districts via a 1,230km fibre-optic cable network. The project was launched in April 2017 and the construction of the first phase – including fibre routes from Mapanga to Chiradzulu and Zomba to Liwonde – started in July 2017. The fibre-optic cables were deployed by Huawei on power transmission lines owned by the Electricity Supply Corporation of Malawi (ESCOM).