UK/Africa cable ready for final linkNews // February 11, 2011
Cable ships have landed the West Africa Cable System seafloor link in Swakopmund, Namibia, IHS Global Insight reports.
From there, the ships chartered by Alcatel-Lucent will lay the final link by the end of this year to Yzerfontein, South Africa. The 14,000km cable, costing about US$600 million to install, starts in the UK.
The landfall in Namibia was reported by the Namibian newspaper and Mybroadband.co.za, IHS Global Insight said.
The cable will also have landings in Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo, Congo-Brazzaville, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Côte d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal.
Meanwhile, mobile operator Cable & Wireless, which operates in the Caribbean under the brand name Lime, has deployed its new East/West cable, IHS Global Insight also reported.
This cable links Jamaica in the west of the Caribbean to the British Virgin Islands in the east, completing the connection in Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic.
“The cable system is expected to triple available bandwidth and reduce interconnection costs in the Dominican Republic,” IHS Global Insight explained.