African subsea cable network capacity to grow up to 30 Tbit/s in two years

African subsea cable network capacity to grow up to 30 Tbit/s in two years

Liquid Telecom announced the launch of the project to build a new submarine cable system, bringing high-speed internet to eastern Africa.

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Africa is one step closer to the high speed internet connectivity. This month, African first tier carrier Liquid Telecom announced the launch of the project to build a new submarine cable system. The cable network connecting East Africa to the Middle East and Europe will enable speeds of up to unprecedented 30 terabits per second (Tbit/s).

Ambitious project to speed up East Africa

The 10,000 km cable is expected to connect the countries in the African East Coast and to provide new fast connectivity to the Middle East and Europe. Liquid Telecom has already secured full funding for the project for the next two years.

Liquid Telecom is one of the largest telecom carriers in Africa. It’s main achievement is 20,000 km long independent fibre network connecting East African countries, including some where no fixed network has existed before. In December, Liquid Telecom completed another 4,200 km of fibre infrastructure connecting 39 counties in Kenya. Currently, there are five main submarine cable systems in Africa (EASSy, SEACOM, TEAMS, WACS and SAT 3), and Liquid Telecom is connected to all of them.

News from the western coast

In the meantime, French Telecom corporation Orange, together with the other members of the ACE consortium, continues to develop a subsea cable network on the west coast of the continent. In November, Orange announced the start of the second phase of their ACE submarine cable system. The cable, 11 500 km long, ACE connects France to Nigeria, Benin, and other countries in West Africa. During the second phase, the network will be extended 5 000 km from the Gulf of Guinea island of Sao Tomé-et-Principe to South Africa. The network would be built by French company Alcatel-Lucent with designed capacity 12.8 Tbit/s.

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