Guinea-Bissau has access to undersea telecommunications cable within 2 years

27 April 2015

Guinea-Bissau could have access to an undersea telecommunications cable within a maximum period of two years, said in Washington the Minister of Economy and Finance, Geraldo Martins.

The minister said that access to the new ACE (“Africa Coast to Europe”) undersea cable system will be possible through a subsidised loan to be granted by the World Bank.

Estimated at about US$35 million, this amount will be approved by the World Bank Board of Directors by December this year.

The creation of this ACE undersea cable system, a consortium of 16 companies, had an initial investment of US$700 million and extends from France to South Africa, and has been in operation since 2012

With this connection, Guinea-Bissau will increase its network capacity, as well as communications exchange capacity, mainly through broadband Internet.

According to information from the company, the ACE system has a potential capacity of 5.12 Tbps (terabits per second) supported by WDM technology (“Wavelength-division multiplexing”) with wavelengths at 40 Gbps (gigabits per second). (macauhub/GW)