Leading provider of transmission and IP services Phase 3, has expanded its network to cover the Republic of Benin and Togo.
This development came as Phase3 last week, executed an exclusive right of way concession agreement with the Communauté Electrique du Benin (CEB), the authority responsible for the operation of high voltage power lines in both Benin and Togo Republics, signed by Mr Djibril Salifou, Director-General of CEB and Mr. Stanley Jegede, CEO of Phase3. Phase3’s network now becomes the longest regional terrestrial fiber network, linking Nigeria to the Republic of Benin and Togo, with potential for connections to Ghana and Burkina Faso from Togo. By this development, Phase3 becomes the first regional fiber optic cable network provider in West Africa to operate national fiber optic cable backbone interconnecting six West African countries.
Phase3 has commenced with the expansion of aerial national infrastructure in the two countries to extend their current combined length of fiber from 600km to over 3,000km within the next few months.
This infrastructure targets existing regional telecommunication service providers currently operating in these countries, as well as the transmission needs of operators who plan to interconnect with operators in Togo and Benin. This also positions Phase3 as the infrastructure provider for the distribution of broadband services to various locations in these countries.
Phase3’s aerial infrastructure in Nigeria is deployed on the 330kV and 132kV high voltage lines; whilst aerial infrastructure in Togo & Benin are deployed on 161kV high voltage lines.
The regional network will be equipped with state-of-the-art 10G DWDM systems providing multi services platform for all carriers for layer 1 and layer 2 operations.
In July Phase3 Telecom announced it would spend US$200 million on fiber-optic coverage throughout the Nigeria.
The company has already spent over $100 million to deploy fiber optics in several cities across Nigeria, providing the necessary backbone, said Phase3 CEO Stanley Jegede.
The company, which has operated in Nigeria for five years, currently delivers fiber optics over high voltage power transmission lines, a method Jegede hails for its reliability.