CSquared taps Adtran for African backbone network

Created June 6, 2023
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African operator CSquared is working with Adtran to build a new backbone network using the Adtran FSP 3000 solution (pictured) and ALM fibre monitoring platform. Adtran’s solution enables CSquared to rapidly deploy an open-access 350km backbone connecting Liberia to Guinea and the Ivory Coast. With a mission to address Africa’s lack of robust, high-capacity infrastructure, CSquared is increasing access to e-commerce, remote learning, telemedicine and other digital services capable of transforming lives and livelihoods. With the backing of Google, the IFC, Mitsui and Convergence Partners, and a special partnership with USAID, CSquared is Liberia’s only wholesale infrastructure provider, delivering services to all MNOs, ISPs and the government of Liberia.

Built on the Adtran FSP 3000 open optical transport solution, CSquared’s new backbone infrastructure will initially transport 100Gbit/s data loads from Monrovia to the border of Guinea and the Ivory Coast without the need for signal regeneration. The flexible ROADM-based network provides the highest levels of resilience.  The solution also includes Adtran’s intelligent FSP 150 Ethernet access devices and ALM real-time fibre assurance platform. This delivers end-to-end visibility, enabling faster repair cycles, improving customer satisfaction and boosting sustainability.

“In the race to digitalize the global economy, it’s important that Africa doesn’t get left behind. That’s why the fibre backbone networks we’re building across the sub-Saharan region are so vital. Our latest deployment in Liberia ensures that enterprises and households in some of the most underserved areas finally have access to fast, high-quality broadband,” said Samuel Owusu Yeboah, West Africa CTO at CSquared, “In partnership with Adtran, we’re building a digitally connected Africa. We’ve already deployed Adtran’s FSP 3000 technology in Ghana and Togo, and we’re now seeing a big impact on the digital transformation of these countries.”

“We’re proud of our contribution to CSquared’s fibre backbone projects in Togo, Ghana and now Liberia. The significance of bringing high-quality broadband to West Africa cannot be overstated. Our solutions and the services they enable have the potential to radically alter economic prospects across the region,” commented Stuart Broome, GM of EMEA sales at Adtran. “Like many African nations, Liberia has struggled with a lack of telecommunications infrastructure and limited access to affordable and robust internet services. CSquared’s investment in Adtran technology is making a major difference. It’s enabling businesses and individuals to harness the benefits of the digital economy and helping create long-term growth.”

For more information, visit www.adtran.com

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This article was written
by Peter Dykes

Peter Dykes is a independent telecoms and technology journalist who has over that last 30 years written for a wide range of B2B publications and companies. A former BT engineer, he specialises in networks and associated support systems. He is currently Editor of Optical Connections.