Vivendi plans to deploy fibre optics in West Africa – report

Thursday 21 July 2016 | 12:53 CET | News
Vivendi's subsidiary GVA (Group Vivendi Africa) is planning to deploy 5,000 km of fibre-optic cables across five West African countries (Benin, Togo, Niger, Burkina Faso and Ivory Coast), reports BFM TV. The plans are linked to a major rail infrastructure project (known as BlueLine) in which one of Vivendi's main shareholders, Groupe Bollore, is currently investing to deploy up to 3,000 km of new rail track. In coupling the fibre optic roll-out with the rail project, GVA would reduce deployment costs. 

Additionally, the company is reportedly considering expanding the planned fibre backbone infrastructure to reach end-users, possibly using an aerial fibre-optic access network. Vivendi declined to comment on the plans.

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