Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks is set to construct one of their longest Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, the system is aimed at strengthening their infrastructure development in Africa.
The submarine cable system which will be a 5,000km extension from the Gulf of Guinea Island of Sao Tomé-et-Principe to South Africa will see the company’s networks improved.
The project will be implemented in two phases and the phase II will support the cost-effective delivery of broadband services and digital applications for education, healthcare and other e-services, reaching an additional 200 million people through this extension.
According to the plans there will be a link between Namibia, Angola and Democratic Republic of Congo and that line will also connect the Southern part of Congo-Brazzaville and South Africa .
Cameroon will also receive the extension of the project that will ensure that the line gets to the southern parts of the continent.
The project which is being made possible by Alcatel-Lucent’s 100 gigabit-per-second (Gbit/s) submarine technology and on completion of the Phase II extension will be the longest in the African continent being laid by the company.
According to the Chairman of the ACE Management Committee Yves Ruggeri the extension of the ACE system to South Africa is a significant milestone that confirms our commitment to address the connectivity challenges facing Africa