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WACS in SA soon

The West African Cable System (WACS) is expected to make landfall in South Africa within the next two weeks.

The cable is expected to land in the Western Cape, SA, around 10 April, says a member of the WACS management committee, Angus Hay.

The cable, bringing yet more broadband capacity to Africa, should have been ready for commercial launch by the next quarter of this year, but now looks set for commercial launch early next year. Hay says this is because of the testing that will be required.

The cable runs along the West Coast of the continent from SA to the UK. Other landing points include Namibia, Angola, Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’ Ivoire, Cape Verde and the Canary Islands.

It will deliver capacity of over 5Tbps at launch – the highest reaching the continent so far. The capacity of the East African cable System, EASSy, was recently upgraded to 4.7 Tbps.

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