In about once month’s time a brand new under sea cable called the West African Sea Cable (Wacs) will officially be launched in South Africa. The cable, that measures 14, 000km in length will link Yzerfontein in the Western Cape to London in the UK along the entire West Coast of the African continent.
An official launch event for the new cable will take place next month at the landing site at Yzerfontein, north of Cape Town. The landing points of the cable along the coastline include countries such as Namibia, Angola, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria and Portugal.
Angus Hay, co-chair of the Wacs management committee and chief technology officer at Neotel, who has been commissioned to run the primary network operating centre in Johannesburg, has commented that the testing of the cable has progressed well and that once it has been launched at the site, commercial traffic is likely to become available shortly after. Currently, the cable is in the process of being accepted by Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, the supplier.
Many South Africans will hope that the introduction of the new giant cable will result in the lowering of broadband pricing across the country and according to Hay, increase and “improve competition”.
The cable that offers a design capacity of 5,1 Tbit/s and cost approximately R5 billion to build provides more than the total capacity of the Sat-3 and SEACOM cables at 1.28 Tbit/s and 340G bit/s respectively.
In November last year, The Wasace Cable Company Worldwide launched a project to construct a new high-capacity submarine telecommunications cable to serve the African continent. The Wasace cable will be connecting Africa with South America, North America and Europe. eFive Telecommunications, is also leading a rival project to build the SAex cable that will connect Angola and South Africa to Brazil (see green cable in the image above).
Source: Tech Central