SOCATEL ⎪ Central African Republic

GLOBAL Technologies Group upgrades telecommunications network

Representative photo of the Socatel realization

Like most sub-Saharan countries, the telecommunications sector is booming in the Central African Republic.
No less than four operators share the cell phone market, which has about 1.5 million active subscribers for 5 million inhabitants (March 2020).

Socatel is the national telecom operator and has a monopoly on fixed-line telephony activities in the country. It has a transmission network by hertzian beam connecting the main cities of the country and also being able to connect the Central African Republic to the bordering countries: Cameroon and the Republic of Congo. However, this radio-relay network, which is about forty years old and composed of about twenty sites, has become obsolete.

Socatel has entrusted the Global Technologies group with the task of modernising this network, including towers, radio relay and internet equipment, energy sources, etc. With this project, Socatel is consolidating its place in the African telecoms landscape, securing the fibre network which will be set up at the end of 2021 and contributing to opening up access to digital technology to as many people as possible.

The project is based on the remains of a hertzian network built in the 70’s which has not been working for many years. The hertzian network will form a loop Bangui – Bossembélé – Bouar – Carnot – Berberati – Boda – M’Baiki – Bangui with a link from Berberati to Gamboula and from Bouar to Garoua to reach Cameroon and another from M’Baiki to reach Congo

In addition, by installing 4G stations on the pylons hertzians, the project will offer a connection to the Internet very high speed.. This equipment, coupled with a fixed terminal, will offer Internet access to businesses and local authorities, which will be able to develop community access centers for their population.