WACS lands in Ghana

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WACS lands in Ghana

Africa’ s newest major undersea cable, the West African Cable System (WACS), has made landfall in Accra as it rolls toward completion.

The cable, which recently landed in South Africa, runs along the West African coast, connecting 12 African countries with Europe. It is an initiative by the WACS Consortium, whose South African members consist of Broadband Infraco, MTN, Telkom SA Ltd, Neotel and Vodacom Group.

Described as having the carrying capacity of Seacom, EASSy and SAT-3/WASC/SAFE cable systems combined, the WACS undersea cable is being rolled out by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Cable Networks, at a cost of around USD 650 million.  

It will have a capacity of up to 5.12 Terabits per second and is expected to push the price of bandwidth down by up to a third in the regions it serves.

Industry players in Ghana have high hopes that the cable will spark a shake-up when it goes live in the country early next year.

Ghana, already showing signs of an ICT boom, hopes to see significant growth with the help of the new bandwidth and a drop in wholesale bandwidth prices.

MTN Ghana's Chief Executive Officer, Michael Ikpoki,described the landing of WACS in Ghana was a crucial milestone for the industry and country, since it will serve as a key enabler to critical telecommunications development in Ghana. MTN is the single biggest investor in the cable.



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