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Silicone Connect increases the capacity of your main network

24. 08. 2023 Thursday / By: Robert Denes / Industrial / Exact time: BST / Print this page

S ilicone Connect, a telecommunications infrastructure manager and fiber optic connection provider for the professional market in the Republic of Congo, has commissioned Nokia, which specializes in the delivery of telecommunications transmission solutions and the modernization and expansion of its optical backbone network. This initiative makes it possible to meet the growing demand for very high speed connectivity.

Silicone Connect operates the national aerial fiber optic network connecting Pointe-Noire to Brazzaville and Brazzaville to Owando. The company also operates metropolitan fiber optic networks in Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. A technical audit launched in 2021 revealed that due to the deteriorating state of the infrastructure, Silicone Connect needs to carry out repair and restoration work on the network. In addition, the existing fiber optic network also has limitations in terms of availability and capacity delivery, given the increasing demand from national operators. The cause of Silicone Connect, with the support of its parent company, the YAO CORP group, launched the project to upgrade the fiber optic network approved by the Congolese government to a very high speed network using "DWDM" wavelength multiplexing technology.

DWDM is considered one of the best technologies for increasing bandwidth over an existing optical system. Allows multiple "virtual threads" to be created on one physical thread. This is done by passing light of different wavelengths (or colors) through a part of the fiber. DWDM was originally used over long-distance paths to minimize amplification costs. As part of the process, the existing transmission equipment will be replaced with equipment from the Finnish company Nokia.

A large-scale project whose first network ring, operational in January 2024, will connect Brazzaville to Pointe-Noire, with the creation of intermediate sites in Mindouli, Bouansa, Nkayi, Loudima, Dolisie, Mbondi and MongoKamba with the capacity of 2 municipalities. 500 gigabits. A second network ring will connect Brazzaville with Ouesso. This means 50 times more bandwidth than before. Silicone Connect thus becomes a fiber optic infrastructure operator with a 500 gigabit OTN (Optical Transport Networking) network with DWDM technology in the professional market of the Republic of Congo. With this update, Silicone Connect meets the growing demand from telcos and enterprises for higher bandwidth, faster networks and an always-on connection. In addition, the technology used allows Silicone Connect to offer flexible and "tailored" capacity to telcos and large enterprises, better suited to their growing needs.

Silicone Connect has partnered with Nokia to gradually improve its network equipment with the first segment between Brazzaville and Pointe-Noire. These are equipment and technologies that increase the capacity and geographical coverage of Silicone Connect's optical network. The use of DWDM technology enables transmission of 600 gigabits per second or more by adding hardware components. Thus, Silicone Connect can now be flexibly scaled and offers its customers an optimal, on-demand optical connection.

The update of the Silicone Connect network is part of a wider deployment in Central Africa "We are not only strengthening our local aspiration to provide large companies and telecommunications providers with access to future-oriented, high-capacity and highest possible service level optical fiber connectivity. This is also the next step. in Silicone Connect's endeavor to develop a sub-regional fiber optic network", confirms Gaetan Soltesz, CEO of Silicone Connect.

Recall that Silicone Connect, in collaboration with other operators, already manages the terrestrial optical network between Ouesso and Cameroon, the under-stream fiber optic network between Ouesso and the Central African Republic, and the under-stream network between Brazzaville and Kinshasa. . Silicone Connect wants to be a leading infrastructure operator in the center of Central Africa, covering 5 neighboring countries: Democratic Republic of Congo (East and South), Cameroon (Northwest), Central African Republic (Northeast), Gabon. (west) and Angola (Cabinda enclave in the southwest). "Our mission is to connect and transport other carriers internationally and domestically through our high-speed core network," concludes the CEO of Silicone Connect.

The global growth in the field of telecommunications and data services creates an ever-increasing demand depends on the speed of your internet connection. As businesses and consumers demand more and more data, service providers (ISPs) must provide a reliable Internet connection that can grow rapidly. This next-generation backbone enables Silicone Connect to respond even more flexibly to customer needs and optimally serve all business types in the market. At the same time, the upgrade will allow Silicone Connect to connect even more customers to its network. The company plans to activate the second network ring with the goal of upgrading the entire core network by the end of 2025. This nationwide coverage makes the Silicone Connect network fully redundant.

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