Undersea fiber optic cable to be installed along Angola’s coast

31 August 2006

Luanda, Angola, 31 Aug – Angola is to have an undersea fiber optic telecommunications cable installed along its coast, making it possible to install 13,000 wireless network lines in many coastal locations as well as a further 24,000 in the cities of Lobito and Benguela, officials said.

The undersea cable will also improve international links with the Republic of the Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo, which approved the necessary financing for the project at a meeting Wednesday.

The installation project outlines a 1464-kilometer route along the coast, from Cabinda, in the north of Angola, as far as Namibe, in the south, passing by the provinces of Zaire, Luanda, Cuanza Sul and Benguela.

Also in this area, the Angolan government has approved funding for the expansion and modernization of the telecommunications network in the Eastern (Cuando Cubango, Moxico, Lunda Norte and Lunda Sul) and Northern (Zaire) regions.

The amount of funding for the project was not disclosed, with the government saying only that the network covered was 3276 kilometers long and covered 83 locations in those five Angolan provinces. (macauhub)