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Wacs Officially Launched| News by Staff Reporter
The West African Cable System has been made commercially available
Friday 11 May officially marks the opening of the much-anticipated West African Cable System (Wacs) linking South and West Africa to Europe.
The ultrahigh-capacity cable system, valued at well over US$100m, stretches 17,200km and will effectively increase South Africa’s broadband capacity by 500 gigabits per second (Gbps).
The new cable system spans from the west coast of Africa to the Americas, Europe, and finally terminates in the United Kingdom.
MTN, pioneers of this project, said: “It was critical for MTN to ensure direct access into its markets in West Africa, and linking efficient system design with multiple landing points.
“Accordingly, Wacs has 15 established terminal stations along its route, including Ghana, Nigeria, Cameroon, Cote d’Ivoire, Republic of Congo and Namibia – all countries where MTN has a presence,” according to the service provider.