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Why is Deploying Fiber Difficult in Africa?

Posted by Pape Ndaw on March 3, 2017

This blog post is part of a new video blog series—Fiber Friday. Our subject matter experts will provide you with some insight into the world of fiber optics, covering various industry topics.

There is no doubt that the African continent is an emerging market for telecoms, but it is also a challenge. One factor that is hampering efforts to deploy fiber deeper into networks is the lack of available skilled labor.  

Finding enough labor with the knowledge on how to splice fiber in Africa is difficult. In this video blog, I discuss how finding qualified technicians and installers are impacting the quality, reliability and profitability of high-speed fiber network deployment.

About the Author

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Pape Ndaw

Pape Ndaw is the Vice President of Global Sales Strategy, Planning and Operations for CommScope, a global leader in infrastructure solutions for communications networks. He is responsible for elaborating and executing the long term sales strategy and leading all sales support functions globally. Those include sales operations, customer service, sales enablement and inside sales. 

Pape Ndaw has been with CommScope for the past six years. His career spans supply chain leadership, sales and business development roles across a broad spectrum of industries including Automotive, Energy management, Strategy Consulting and most recently Telecoms. Before his currently role, Pape was leading sales for the Europe, Middle East and Africa region. He was combining that role with the one of General Manager for Africa. In that capacity, Pape and his team supported telecom carriers to deploy fiber based networks in the African continent bridging the internet connectivity gap in that part of the world. Pape brings a truly unique perspective to the business thanks to his broad international and functional exposure. In various leadership positions, Pape has lived and worked in Africa, France, China, Belgium and the USA. 

Pape holds a Bachelor and a Master of Science degree in Electrical Engineering from the University of Bordeaux (France) as well as a Master of Business Administration from HEC Paris (France). 

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1 comment for "Why is Deploying Fiber Difficult in Africa?"
Friday, March 10, 2017 3:05 PM
Jim Hayes says:
Pape,
You need to meet Joe Botha of the FOA Approved school Triple Play Fiber Optics in SA who's been said to have trained half of sub-Saharan Africa in fiber optics or any of the other 15 FOA schools who have been training techs in Africa for over a decade. See http://foa-approved.org/schools#WORLD
We visited many of these schools 5-6 years ago, met with local telecom ministers and worked with Andile Ngcaba of Dimension Data to ensure that resources were available for his giant project to bring fiber to the interior of Africa.
Joe Botha has the most unique program, a year long residential apprenticeship sponsored by the SA govt to teach students basic skills (reading, writing, etc.), how to do OSP construction, install fiber, then splice, terminate and test it.
Feel free to contact me for introductions to the network of schools FOA has in Africa.
Jim Hayes
President
The Fiber Optic Association, Inc.

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