Africa: Masiyiwa Announces Landmark Completion of Fibre Link From Cape Town to the Western DRC Port City of Moanda


Pan-African businessman Strive Masiyiwa has expressed his delight at the completion of the landmark fibre link from Cape Town to the DRC’s western port city of Moanda.

Masiyiwa wrote:

#Cape Town to Moanda!

Now unless you are from the DRC (or an Africa enthusiast like me) you have probably never heard of this place called ‘Moanda’.

It is actually a Port City on the Atlantic Ocean and the main Port for the DRC, a country of nearly 100 million people.

It has taken us more than 15 years to finally get there!

If you ask any Telecoms engineer, “What is harder to build; #Cape to Cairo, or #Cape to Moanda?”

They will tell you, it is #Cape to Moanda!

Why?

Because you have to cross the Congo Forest (the second largest forest in the world, after Amazon), and it is all 2 400km of dense forest!

It is now complete, and Commissioning is now in progress.

By the end of October, Voice and Data traffic will flow from SA, through Zimbabwe and Zambia to Kinshasa. Since we have a link from Tanzania to Zambia, we can also move traffic into the DRC directly from the Indian Ocean, and therefore from Asia!

Last year I met with Presidents Tshisekedi (of the DRC) and Lourenco (of Angola) in Luanda and we agreed to add a link from Inga Dam in the DRC, through to Angola’s capital Luanda, as an extension to our work.

Done!