ZTE rolls out Burundi fibre

China’s ZTE Corporation has inked a deal with the Burundi Backbone Systems (Burundi BBS) Company to roll out a national backbone in the country.

Burundi BBS is a joint venture between five local telecommunications operators and is partially funded by the World Bank, which has invested over USD in the backbone. Once complete, all of the investors will have access to the 3G broadband.

The new 1 300km network will cover 17 provinces and cities in Burundi. It is expected to dramatically reduce the cost of broadband in Burundi. It also will link Burundi with eastern and central African countries such as Tanzania, Rwanda, and Congo, connecting it to The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System.

"This year, ZTE established the strategic objective of changing bearer network patterns,” said ZTE Bearer Network Product Line General Manager Fan Xiaobing.

“The development of the backbone network in cooperation with Burundi BBS will help achieve that objective, while also assisting to improve the nation’s telecommunications infrastructure.”

As part of the project, ZTE will provide ZXR10 M6000 super-high-performance multi-service routers and multi-service access products such as the S385 and S325 to Burundi BBS. The ZXR10 M6000 slot supports 40G switching capability and provides upgrade capability to 100G.

The S385 supports multi-service access and provides an upgrade from 2.5G to 10G, greatly reducing initial network construction costs.T8000/M6000 units based on the T8000 platform across China, Asia-Pacific, Southeast Asia and MEA in first half 2011. The units are in use by operators in China, such as China Mobile, China Telecom and China Unicom, and by other operators across those regions.

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