ACE Submarine Cable To Land Into Nigeria By 2013

France Telecom-Orange and the other members of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium announced on Thursday that its submarine cable is now operational for the first phase linking France and Sao Tomé & Principe.

The cable, which is expected to reach South Africa for the second phase, would provide connectivity to broadband internet in Africa with nearly 12,000 km of optical fibre running along the west coast of Africa.

The ACE submarine cable has reportedly been deployed to connect 13 countries including France, Portugal, Mauritania, Senegal, The Gambia, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon and Sao Tomé & Principe.

It is expected that Mali and Niger would also be connected through extensions to the terrestrial network and finally, Nigeria will also be connected to the cable by 2013.

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