Airtel plans to deploy optical fibre in Niger

Airtel Niger has reportedly invested $5.7 million in deploying optical fibre from a major Nigerien city to the country’s border with Nigeria. The deployment of optical fibre began last week from the south-eastern city of Zinder to the small town of Maimoujia.

The project is divided into three parts: the construction of a 12 km urban fibre optic loop in Zinder, the construction of a data centre in the city and the construction of a 123 km optical fibre link between Zinder and Maimoujia. The goal is to make Zinder play an important role in sub-regional interconnection for both local and international traffic, in particular international traffic from bordering countries.

Mohamed Bazoum, President of the Republic of Niger, called for all players in Niger’s telecommunications sector to accelerate its development for the benefit of the country.

Furthermore, Airtel is the leading player in Niger’s telecom market, with an estimated market share of more than 40 percent.