Vodacom Congo has become the first operator in the Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC) to lease capacity on the nationwide fibre-optic network deployed by the Societe Congolaise des Postes et Telecommunications (SCPT), the latter has announced. The contract was signed on 17 July at the Royal Hotel, although no financial terms have been disclosed.
According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the China International Telecommunication Construction Corporation (CITCC) commenced work on the rollout of the government’s USD221 million fibre backbone in late-2012, with the first 1,500km phase of the project encompassing Muanda, Bas-Congo and Kinshasa. Phase two of the initiative got underway in April 2013 with 3,500km of new infrastructure expected to be extended from Kinshasa to Katanga, through the provinces of Bandundu and Kasai. On 14 June 2013 the DRC was belatedly connected to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) submarine link after a catalogue of errors by the government.