ACE, the Africa Coast to Europe submarine cable has landed at the submarine cable station of Penmarc’h, Brittany in France.
The 17,000 km cable provides broadband internet capacity in Africa, an additional layer of security for communications between Europe, Africa and Asia, and it will meet capacity requirements for years to come.
The ACE cable will provide access to the global broadband network for the first time for Gambia, Guinea, Equatorial Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe, and Sierra Leone, making possible the launch of new services. Landlocked countries such as Mali and Niger will also be connected via the terrestrial network.
ACE will provide an alternative route for communications to countries already connected to the SAT3-WASC-SAFE cable linking Portugal to Malaysia, which runs along the west coast of Africa.
ACE relies on wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), currently the most advanced technology for submarine cables. The new 40 Gbps technology supporting the ultra-broadband networks will boost overall capacity to 5.12 Tbps.
To carry out this ambitious project, France Telecom SA, together with its subsidiaries Côte d’Ivoire Telecom, Orange Cameroon, Orange Guinea, Orange Mali, Orange Niger and Sonatel, have combined forces with a number of other major partners as part of an international consortium.
The cable’s construction represents an overall investment of around USD 700 million for the consortium, of which around USD 250 million will come from the Group and its subsidiaries.
The ACE submarine cable is expected to be operational in the second half of 2012.
[via: Press Release]
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