Plans have been reveled for a new undersea fiber-optic cable, which aims to link Africa, South America, North America and Europe. The Wasace cable, which is being project managed by the David Ross Group of the US is a high-capacity submarine telecommunications cable to serve the African continent.
The Wasace Cable Company Worldwide is quoted by TechCentral as saying the new system will be one of the largest in the world and the largest such project ever mounted in the Atlantic Ocean. “If the fibres were connected end to end, they would stretch three quarters of the way to the moon,” the company says. The system will be the first to employ next-generation 100Gbit/s fibre-optic technology, offering “ten times the capacity of previous systems”. No details are yet available as to when the cable will be ready for service.
According to TechCentral, Wasace says it will be the first-ever high-capacity cable spanning the South Atlantic. However, a rival project that will connect Angola and SA to Brazil says its cable will be first along this route. eFive Telecommunications CEO Lawrence Mulaudzi, who is leading the project – a US$250m, 12,8Tbit/s system called the South Atlantic Express (SAex) says they want to have first-mover advantage. “We now have to move with speed, and that is what we are doing.” Mulaudzi says.
Mulaudzi says SAex is finalising development agreements with the Industrial Development Corp and the Development Bank of Southern Africaand agreements are expected to be signed with construction and supply partners in January.
Billions of dollars have been invested into new submarine cables serving the African continent. New cable systems include Seacom, Teams and Eassy, Africa’s east coast and the Wacs and Ace projects expected to go live in 2012 in the west.