Alcatel-Lucent and NITA Complete Eastern Corridor Rural Fibre-optic Backbone Project in Ghana

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Alcatel-Lucent and National Information Technology Agency (NITA), the ICT policy arm of Ghana’s ministry of communication have announced a successful completion of the eastern corridor rural fibre-optic backbone project which will open up communication to more rural areas in Ghana.

ItnewsAfrica reports that the project was signed and contracted in 2012 to the french telecoms equipment company, Alcatel-Lucent, and has expanded communication links between Ghana’s coastal line and northern boundary to Burkina Faso.

The fibre-optic backbone project will also extend communication links to central and regional administration offices, in line with the national ‘e-Ghana‘ programme initiative.

The project spans 775 km and links Ghana’s north, south and international submarine gateways via its eastern corridor where it serves some major towns in Ghana.

Daniel Jaeger, Vice-President, Alcatel-Lucent in Africa said, “through technology and innovation this project will help change the way people live, work and communicate, providing an important platform for sustainable growth and development.”

The fibre-optic network is based on the 1830 Photonic service switch with 100G technology, enabling business efficiency, high-speed data, reliable telecommunication, email and internet-based services, et cetera.

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