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WACS link for Telecom Namibia

Government-owned Telecom Namibia is preparing to connect the country to the West African Cable System (WACS), promising better and cheaper bandwidth for Namibians.

Telecom Namibia is already reported to be restructuring, and now says it is ready to connect to WACS, which is expected to be completed this year.

The USD600 million fibre-optic cable has reached made landfall in Namibia, and the local operator is rolling out the infrastructure needed to connect to the cable at Swakopmund.

Commercial services based on the link could be launched later this year.

WACS, running along Angola, Botswana, the Democratic Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cô te d’ Ivoire, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands to Europe, is operated by a consortium of 12 companies Angola Cables, Broadband Infraco, Cable & Wireless, Congo Telecom, MTN, Office Congolais des Postes et Telecommunications, Portugal Telecom/Cabo Verde Telecom, Tata Communications - Neotel, Telecom Namibia, Telkom SA, Togo Telecom and Vodacom and Alcatel-Lucent.

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