Sierra Leone officially connects to ACE cable

Sierra Leone has officially launched its connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, gaining its first direct link to a global fibre network.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma, presiding over the launch, described it as a ‘milestone’.

France Telecom Orange and the other members of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium launched the first phase of the cable in December last year. At a ceremony held in Banjul, The Gambia, the consortium said the cable was now operational for the first phase – nearly 12,000km linking 13 countries from France and Sao Tomé & Principe. It will  extend as far as South Africa for the second phase.

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