Facts

Introduction


Africa’s total inbound international Internet bandwidth increased by 51% during 2015. By December 2015, Africa’s bandwidth reached 4.555 Tbps, according to the eighth annual edition of the Africa Telecom Transmission Map published by Hamilton Research. This total of 4.555 Tbps in 2015 was split between Sub-Saharan Africa, which increased by 64% to reach 2.759 Tbps, and North Africa which increased by 35% to reach 1.796 Tbps.

TAAF

Transit Arab African Fiber


TAAF Cable serves the purpose of passing through lands that are very scarce from any form of connectivity let alone fiber backbone. Thousands of kilometers of barren land despite the fact that Internet traffic forecast for Africa is expected to reach maximum highs than the growth witnessed in Asia or Europe. A recent study (June 2016) has shown that in the very near future: In 2020, four years from now, Internet traffic in Africa and the Middle East will be equivalent to 527 times the volume of the entire Internet in the region in 2005.

TAAF Cable is planned to connect the unconnected land, linking between the Arab Countries and Africa. It is mainly meant to serve as a backbone to the local operators that are part of the Consortium, and at the same time it provides redundancy to the other connectivity options they have.

Objectives

  • The Trans Arabia Africa Cable (TAAF) targets 480Gbps initial capacity with an expected steady increase with time.
  • Expanding the mobile networks and transferring the international transit traffic and internet provisioning.

Consortium Parties


Rapid Telecoms Bahrain                   AACID                   Zain Sudan