ACE cable reaches Sierra Leone

The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) undersea cable will make landfall in Sierra Leone this week.

Sierra Leone’s Information and Communications Ministry reports that the vessel carrying the cable is now within national waters and will formally dock and lay the submarine cable at the landing station adjacent to the Atlantic club, Lumley Beach on Monday 10 October.

Information Minister Ernest Kargbo and government officials will be on hand to witness the official landing.

The Minister said in a statement that connecting Sierra Leone to the rest of the world through the submarine cable is part of His Excellency the President’s Agenda for Change; to provide efficient and affordable telecommunications service to the people of Sierra Leone.

The ACE cable, being laid at a cost of around USD700 million, will run 17 000km along the West African coast to Europe, connecting 23 countries. It is expected to be fully operational by early next year. This month, Liberia also officially launched its connection to the cable.

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