Tata Communications Transformation Services (TCTS) is partnering with Africa Development Solutions (ADS Group) to facilitate building fibre infrastructure backbone across Africa.
With the goal of enabling a digital economy that can empower societies and communities in line with the Smart Africa vision, TCTS will perform pre-feasibility assessments with ADS for African nations.
The Smart Africa initiative prioritises ICT as a key enabler and the pivot to drive the continent’s socio-economic development agenda. The initiative works towards improving scalability and accessibility of connectivity within and to urban, suburban and rural areas in Africa. This partnership between TCTS and ADS aims to drive deployment of ICT in the continent with the aim to promote equitable and sustainable development across African nations.
As a first step, TCTS and ADS are jointly coordinating the delivery of the ‘Western African Digital Pool’, which consists of deploying internet connectivity over seven African countries, including Guinea-Conakry, Guinea-Bissau, Sierra-Leone, Senegal, Côte d’Ivoire, Liberia and Mali. This project will be conducted in conjunction with Smart Africa and is considered a major step towards the implementation of a single digital market in Africa.
Proposed technologies may include aerial fibre and free space optical cables to ensure fast deployment, and best quality at affordable prices. TCTS and ADS plan to deliver the required infrastructure upon completion of the preliminary studies, currently undergoing the first phase.
Madhusudhan Mysore, Executive Chairman & CEO, Tata Communications Transformation Services, said: “TCTS has vast experience in leading Telcos in Africa to accelerate and de-risk their transformation journey. Our partnership with ADS will further strengthen TCTS’ presence in Africa and enable us to contribute more broadly in the knowledge sharing and nation building initiatives that will enhance competitiveness of the African continent.”
With an extensive experience in supporting the development of fibre networks and innovative IT solutions designed for rural areas, where nearly 65% of the African population still lives today, ADS will be a partner of choice for TCTS.
“It is great to see that a renowned expert in ICT networks deployment like TCTS is ready to further commit to Africa’s development”, said Samba Bathily, Founder and CEO of Africa Development Solutions. “ICT access will be a game-changer and a growth-driver for the continent. We just need the infrastructure to create economic opportunities for our communities and unleash African talent and creativity”.