Denmark funds redundancy of fibre optic network in Mozambique

6 July 2009

Maputo, Mozambique, 6 July – Problems of breakdowns in communications via the fibre optic network in Mozambique will be minimised as a redundancy project implemented by Telecomunicações de Moçambique (TdM) comes to its conclusion, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.

The project, which was recently launched in Manica province, will cover around 2,560 kilometres of fibre optic cable, which will ensure the redundancy of the network by creating alternative routed for traffic when communication is cut or there is a fault.

The total cost of the work is around 20.8 million euros, funded by a mixed loan provided by the Danish Development Agency (Danida).

The redundancy project will be carried out over 26 months, and is due for conclusion ion September 2011. The contractor is Alcatel-Lucent Denmark.

At the ceremony to launch the project, the chairman of TdM, Joaquim de Carvalho said that cuts in the operation of the fibre optic network along some of its sections had affected communications between Mozambique’s provinces and affected the services provided by other companies, specifically mobile phone operators, banks and State institutions.

Carvalho also said that the project that was now being launched would provide the entire TdM network with redundancies, providing two alternative routes for traffic at the same time. (macauhub)