Botswana, Namibia invest USD75m in WACS

TELECOMS

|
Image: By BiztechAfrica
Botswana, Namibia invest USD75m in WACS

By John Churu, Gaborone, Botswana

The two governments of Botswana and Namibia have invested USD75 million in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) that went live two weeks ago.

The recent deployment of WACS by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks began in 2009. According to a Trade Marks Southern Africa website, the partners in the Namibian landing station at Swakopmund, which Telecom Namibia successfully completed on 8 February 2011, include Telecom Namibia, Botswana Telecommunications Corporation (BTC) and MTC.

“The total project cost is about USD750 million. Namibia and Botswana have co-invested USD75 million and own 10% of the WACS project,” Telecom Namibia said. As the WACS landing party, Telecom Namibia will own, operate and maintain the cable landing station, but the other telecoms will have access to the facility. They will be able to ‘co-locate’ their services at the collocation facilities prepared at Hage Heights in Swakopmund.

Telecom Namibia’s Managing Director, Frans Ndoroma, said: “WACS will boost Telecom Namibia’s lead in providing telecommunications services to residential and business customers, as well as Internet Service Providers, carriers and multi-national corporations”.

He said Telecom Namibia would use WACS to improve its coverage, service resiliency and cable diversity while offering the full suite of its services, including high-speed Internet access and value-added IP services. “The demand for high-speed Internet connection is high and reliable delivery is vital for today’s data, Internet connectivity, e-commerce and voice communications,” he added.

In Botswana, the BTC chief executive officer Paul Taylor said: “WACS has enhanced Botswana’s international connectivity by providing the nation with high quality reliable Internet accessibility. Broadband access is no longer a privilege but a right to be enjoyed by all citizens. We are confident that through WACS, internet speed and connectivity will increase considerably and tariffs will drop significantly, making Internet services available to many of our citizens.”

“MTC’s involvement in WACS is a long-term one that will secure long-term capacity for the country. The investment is especially critical in view of the MTC’s plans to roll out 4G and MTC looks forward to transforming to taking full advantage of WACS and translating it into technology that will improve people’s lives,” said Miguel Geraldes, Managing Director of MTC.



Share the News

Get Daily Newsletter

comments powered by Disqus

MORE TELECOMS NEWS

Operators to suffer $14bn in lost revenues this year

A new report has found that voice and messaging traffic lost to OTT (Over The Top) players such as WhatsApp, Facebook and Skype will cost network operators $14 billion in revenues globally this year. Read More

Wiko‎ eyes 10% market share

New entrant to Nigeria’s mobile phone industry and French firm, Wiko Mobile, says it is targeting 10 per cent of Nigeria’s market. Read More

TeliaSonera International Carrier strengthens connectivity in Western Africa

TeliaSonera International Carrier (TSIC) and Angola Cables have announced an IP Transit agreement that will enhance regional connectivity to TSIC’s customer base along the West African coast using Angola Cables’ significant submarine cable assets. Read More

We’ve built West Africa's strongest aerial fibre, says Phase 3 chief

The Chief Executive Officer of Phase 3 Telecom, Mr. Stanley Jegede, says the firm has invested massively in building a very robust aerial fibre network to improve connectivity across the country and the entire West African sub-region. Read More

Orange launches reward scheme for corporate clients

Orange has introduced a loyalty programme for its corporate clients, dubbed Corporate Ziada. Read More

MTN Ghana launches fixed wireless phones for SMEs

MTN Ghana has launched the Eazifon fixed wireless phone as an alternative to the traditional landline fixed phone for Small and Medium-sized Enterprises (SMEs).  Read More

Cameroon to increase telephone digits in November

The number of telephone digits in Cameroon will be increased from eight to nine come 21 November 2014, the telecoms regulator, l’Agence de Régulation des Télécommunications (ART), announced recently at a press briefing. Read More

“Colossal disparity” between fixed, mobile penetration in Africa

There is a “colossal disparity” between fixed and mobile communication penetration rates in Africa, according to analyst firm Frost & Sullivan. Read More

Preparing for the next evolution in the telecoms landscape

Change is coming to the telecoms market, as increased competition, reduced cost of services and changing business models pave the way for new services, new solutions and more pervasive communication to connect more users, more affordably, says Jasco. Read More

MTN notes ruling by International Arbitration Panel

MTN Group has noted that a tribunal of independent arbitrators has ruled against Turkish mobile operator Turkcell, in the investor-state arbitration under a bilateral investment treaty case held in terms of the rules of the United Nations Commission on International Trade Law (UNCITRAL). Read More

PRESS OFFICES

Sage ERP AfricaSAP AfricaSage Pastel AccountingTrust PayVMWareSamsung ElectronicsMitsumi DistributionPhoenix DistributionSage HR AfricaMTN BusinessSchneider ElectricMultichoice

FEATURED STORY

Growing African focus on data securityGrowing African focus on data security

Beachhead Solutions’ new SA and Mauritius country manager explains the challenges and solutions around securing customer data and compliance with new personal information legislation.

IN DEPTH

Africa lags on digital migration Africa lags on digital migration

Only three African countries have so far completed the digital migration process, and serious issues are hampering the migration in other nations.  

COMPANY NEWS

VMware reports third quarter 2014 results

VMware, the global leader in virtualization and cloud infrastructure, today announced Year-over-Year Revenue Growth of 18% to $1.52 Billion in its financial results for the third quarter ...