Cape Verde and Angola linked to the Western African Cable System

15 May 2012

Cape Verde and Angola are just two of the 11 West African countries linked since Friday to the WACS (Western African Cable System) undersea fibre optic cable that runs from South Africa to the United Kingdom, pan African news agency Panapress reported.

The undersea cable project, which has a capacity of over 5.12 terabits per second and is 17,200 kilometres long between Cape Town and London, cost the West Africa Cable System (WACS) consortium and e à Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks US$650 million.

Cape Verde joined the project around three years ago when Cape Verdean telecommunications company CV Telecom announced an investment of US$25 million to boost international telecommunications capacity by joining the WACS project.

As well as Cape Verde and Angola, the Euro-African undersea fibre optic cable has also been tied to Portugal, Canary Islands (Spain), Ghana, the Ivory Coast, Nigeria, Cameroon, Democratic Republic of Congo, Republic of Congo, Togo, and Namibia.

This is the second international undersea cable to be linked to Cape Verde, after CV Telecom joined the Atlantis II project in 2000. (macauhub)