AFL, a leading global manufacturer of fibre optic cable to the electric utility market, is close to completing its supply of fibre optic cable and equipment to Nigeria's first open access fibre optic backbone network. Dangote Industries is the network owner and Dancom Technologies is the network operator. The project connects directly with Phase3 Telecom, a provider of carrier services.
Boye Olusanya, managing director of Dancom Technologies, visited AFL's
headquarters located in Spartanburg, South Carolina, and toured the
manufacturing facilities. Olusanya was presented with a crystal
commemorative award highlighting our business partnership with Dancom
"AFL is pleased with the progress of the Dancom fiber project so far,
and we are even more proud of the impact Dancom is making on the
Nigerian telecommunications market with their swift installation of
SkyWrap," said Steven Maederer, Commercial Director at AFL in Swindon,
The Dancom network construction project started in 2010 and includes
14,000 km of a fibre optic network linked through regional network
owners for Nigeria's National Broadband Carrier Network project. This
project has enabled advanced communications throughout the country. Over
750 km were installed in 2010 with another 665 km in 2011 and over 750
km is being planned for 2012.
The installation uses AFL's SkyWrap®
solution, a fibre optic cable that is helically applied on existing
ground or phase conductors using specially designed installation
equipment. This solution allows for quick deployment with minimal
disruption to existing power services over harsh terrain.
AFL provides industry-leading products and services to the electric
utility, broadband, communications, OEM, enterprise, wireless and
transit rail markets as well as the emerging markets of oil and gas,
mining, nuclear, avionics, medical, renewable and intelligent grid. The
company's diverse product portfolio includes fiber optic cable,
transmission and substation accessories, outside plant equipment,
connectors, fusion splicers, test equipment and training. AFL's service
portfolio includes market-leading positions with the foremost
communications companies supporting inside plant central office,
EF&I, outside plant, enterprise and wireless areas.
Founded in 1984, AFL is proud to offer engineering expertise,
exceptional products and reliable service that help our customers
improve their critical and electrical infrastructure. AFL has operations
in the U.S., Mexico, Europe and Asia. The company is headquartered in
Spartanburg, SC, and is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Fujikura Ltd. of
Japan. For more information, visit www.AFLglobal.com.
About Dancom Technologies
Dancom Technologies, a Dangote Group company, started operations in 2009
with the acquisition of a 3G and a unified access services license by
the Nigerian Communications Commission (NCC) along with a National long
distance license under the Alheri Engineering Company Ltd (AEC). AEC
secured the concession license from Power Holding Company of Nigeria
(PHCN) to build a carrier fiber optic network in Nigeria. Dancom
currently operates that license as the technical service network
operator for Alheri Engineering Company.