Chinese vendor ZTE has signed an agreement to build Burundi’s first national backbone network.
ZTE will build the network for Burundi Backbone Systems Company (Burundi BBS), a joint venture between five local telecom operators.
The network, which will cover 17 provinces and cities in Burundi, will also link Burundi with eastern and central African countries such as Tanzania, Rwanda, and Congo, and connect the country to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System.
“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,” said Fan Xiaobing, network product line general manager, ZTE.
As part of the project, ZTE will deploy ZXR10 M6000 high-performance multi-service routers and multi-service access products including the S385 and S325.
The ZXR10 M6000 slot supports 40G switching and can be upgraded to 100G. The S385 supports multi-service access and provides an upgrade from 2.5G to 10G, reducing initial network construction costs.
Burundi has a population of about 20 million people and shares borders with Demmocratic Republic of Congo, Rwanda and Tanzania.