The West African Cable System (WACS) is set to launch officially this May the WACS management committee announced recently. The launch event for the cable system will be held on May 11th, 2012.
WACS, a 14,500km-long fibre optic submarine cable will link Southern, West Africa and Europe and has landings in Nigeria, Namibia, Angola, the Democratic Republic of Congo, the Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Togo, Ghana, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Portugal, the United Kingdom and Cote d’Ivoire. It has a point of presence in London.
WACS aims to considerably increase the international capacity in linking countries. In fact in countries like Namibia, Togo, the Republic of Congo and the DRC, WACS is the first cable to land.
Investors in the $650 million WACS project include MTN Group, Angola Cables, Broadband Infraco, Cable and Wireless Worldwide, Cabo Verde Telecom, Congo Telecom, Portugal Telecom, SCPT (DRC), Tata Communications / Neotel, Telecom Namibia, Telkom SA, Togo Telecom, Vodacom Group and Vodafone Spain.