The West African Cable System (WACS), the submarine cable system that will connect South Africa and a number of African countries with Europe by the end of next year, would be extended from Portugal to the UK, technology provider Alcatel-Lucent has said.
The technology provider reported that the new section would span 2 000 km and would increase the overall design capacity of the WACS to 5,12 Tb/s, up from the previously planned 3,8 Tb/s.
“This extension follows the recent successful field trial with Alcatel-Lucent of 40 Gb/s solution, which also leverages next-generation coherent technology, and will further bolster connectivity along the Africa-Europe route, by enabling improved communications and Internet services that are crucial for a social and economic development,” stated Alcatel-Lucent.
The WACS consortium comprised 12 partners, including South Africa’s Broadband Infraco, Telkom, Vodacom, MTN and Neotel.
In Africa, the system will land in South Africa, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Côte d’Ivoire and Cape Verde.
Edited by: Mariaan Webb
Creamer Media Senior Researcher and Deputy Editor Online
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