East and Central Africa: Fiber Backbone and Access Network Expansion

Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group Limited (BCS) invites submission of qualifications and proposal data (collectively referred to as the “Proposal”) from interested U.S. firms that are qualified on the basis of experience and capability to execute a feasibility study for the expansion of affordable broadband access across East and Central Africa. The Proposal submission deadline is July 28, 2023. The U.S. firm selected will be paid in U.S. dollars from a $1,130,000 grant to BCS from the U.S. Trade and Development Agency.

About the Grantee
BCS is a private wholesale telecommunications infrastructure provider with its main office in Kenya serving East, Central, and Southern Africa. BCS operates through subsidiaries incorporated in Angola, the DRC, Kenya, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Uganda, Zambia, and Zimbabwe.

Project Background
Since opening operations in 2010, Bandwidth and Cloud Services Group Limited, or BCS, has built a large network of backbone and metropolitan fiber across East and Central Africa, allowing it to offer a variety of wholesale services such as IP transit, dark fiber leases, fiber-to-the-tower, open-access fiber-to-the-home, and fiber-specific engineering, procurement, and construction services. Recognizing that major infrastructure gaps still exist across Africa, BCS is planning to further expand its network infrastructure.

About the Study
The Study will provide BCS with physical survey of the intended fiber routes to inform deployment methods, indicate physical obstacles, and identify other risks. The Study will also include market analysis, economic analysis, a financing plan, a preliminary environmental and social impact assessment, regulatory and legal analysis, a developmental impact assessment, U.S. sources of supply analysis, and a Project implementation plan.

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East and Central Africa: Fiber Backbone and Access Network Expansion

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