Rikus Grobler | Oct 18, 2017 | 0
More broadband connectivity for Africa
Orange, together with the other members of the ACE consortium, announced the start of the next phase of the ACE submarine cable system to expand broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa.
ACE will cover a total distance of 17,000 km and will allow up to 25 countries to access high speed internet.
For this phase II, the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system is being extended to South Africa: a 5,000km extension from island of Sao Tomé & Principe, in the Gulf of Guinea, to South Africa that will further strengthen the role ACE is playing in critical infrastructure development in the continent.
ACE uses the most advanced high-speed broadband fiber optic technology; wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) allows the capacity to be increased as and when it is needed without additional submarine work being required. Overall capacity will be boosted to 12.8 Tbps using 100-Gbps technology, which supports high-capacity networks.
The consortium has invested around US$700 million in the construction of the cable, which includes US$250 million from the Orange Group and its subsidiaries.