MTN’s GlobalConnect unit looking to expand fibre across Africa

30 Sep 2022

South Africa-based MTN Group is reportedly looking to harness the potential of rising demand for broadband services across the African continent, and to that end is aiming to build out 135,000km of fibre-optic cabling by 2025 and generate revenues of up to USD1 billion for its network-as-a-service and platform-as-a-service. Working with its wholesale and infrastructure services arm MTN GlobalConnect, MTN is hoping to become Africa’s leading player in the fibre market.

In an interview with ITWeb, MTN GlobalConnect CEO Frederic Schepens confirmed that the company is ramping up its investment in fixed infrastructure, and has partnered with ‘leading carriers, hyperscalers and telecoms service providers to further African connectivity’.

‘We are building scale infrastructure assets to meet the explosive growth in data traffic and accelerate the digital economy in Africa, creating a Pan-African fibre railroad, delivered as an open access service to customers,’ he was quoted as saying.

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