Tata and ADS combine forces to build new fibre backbone across Africa

Created May 28, 2019
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Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS) is partnering with Africa Development Solutions (ADS Group) to build a fibre infrastructure backbone across the African continent. India-headquartered TCTS will perform pre-feasibility assessments with ADS for African nations, studying existing as well as planned fibre infrastructure, with the aim of deploying a multi-country backbone.‎

As a first step, infrastructure and managed service provider TCTS and ADS are jointly coordinating the delivery of the “Western African Digital Pool”. This consists of deploying internet connectivity across seven African countries, that include Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra-Leone, Senegal, Cote d’Ivoire, Liberia and Mali.

This particular stage will be conducted in conjunction with the Smart Africa initiative and is considered a major step towards the implementation of a single digital market in Africa. TCTS manages one of the largest fibre networks in the world, consisting of over 500,000km of subsea fibre and over 210,000km of terrestrial fibre.

Madhusudhan Mysore, executive chairman and CEO at Tata Communications Transformation Services, said: “Over the past few years, ICT has emerged as a significant contributor to the African economy. We see this project as an important landmark in the evolution of the digital economy in Africa as connectivity becomes a prerequisite to the socio-economic development of the continent.”

Samba Bathily, founder and CEO of Africa Development Solutions, said: “It is great to see that a renowned expert in networks deployment like TCTS is ready to further commit to Africa’s development. We look forward to working with TCTS teams and will bring them our field experience and our own expertise in project assessment, management and financing.”

In another deal, Tata Communications and Cisco have extended their partnership to enable enterprises to transform their legacy network to a customised and secure multi-cloud native hybrid network. The combination of Tata Communications’ IZO cloud enablement platform and Cisco’s SD-WAN offers a fully-managed, global solution that gives businesses greater control over their digital infrastructure, said the partners.

For more information, visit www.tatacommunications-ts.com/

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This article was written
by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation