Russell Southwood, CEO Balancing Act Africa on AllAfrica:
Africa has gone from having hardly any cables in 2000 to having no less than 9 cables that will now connect almost all African countries by 2012. Eritrea’s the exception but they’ve always been the exception.
However, despite the arrival of terabytes worth of capacity, there still exists “below-the-radar” a small but significant number of projects to build more international capacity to and from Africa. Interestingly the WASACE map of routes consolidates several of these dreams into a single project.
The key part of the project is a link to the USA via Brazil, which offers an alternative routing to North America that does not need to travel via Europe and the North Atlantic. The idea is that south-south trade is increasing and one pole of that is the growth of trade between Brazil and Angola. Indeed, WASACE’s launch motto is – “WASACE: Because the world is changing”.