By Telecompaper

French infrastructure operator Axione, a Bouygues group company, has won a contract of undisclosed value from the government of Gabon to build, maintain, operate and market the country's undersea and terrestrial fibre networks. Agence Ecofin reports that a submarine cable will be laid between Libreville and Port-Gentil, with backhaul networks in each city. The terrestrial fibre will mainly run along the railway line connecting Libreville and Franceville, then on to Lekoko on the border with Congo. It was reported in October that Gabon had chosen China Telecom subsidiary China Communication Service International had won a contract to build a fibre network connecting the country's five provinces thanks to a USD 58 million World Bank loan.

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