Orange partners for African submarine cable

11 DECEMBER 2008 -- On 27 November 2008, France Telecom-Orange signed a memorandum of understanding towards the installation of a submarine fibre-optic cable that will provide over 20 countries within the West African coastal region with Internet access.

11 DECEMBER 2008 -- On 27 November 2008, France Telecom-Orange (search for Orange) signed a memorandum of understanding towards the installation of a submarine fibre-optic cable that will provide over 20 countries within the West African coastal region with Internet access.

This 12,000-km cable, called ACE (Africa Coast to Europe), will extend from Gabon to France, and from 2011 will connect Gabon, Cameroon, Nigeria, Benin, Togo, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Liberia, Sierra Leone, Guinea, Guinea Bissau, Senegal, Gambia, Cape Verde, Mauritania, Morocco, Spain, Portugal, and France. An extension to South Africa is also being studied.

For this project, France Telecom and its subsidiaries Côte d'Ivoire Telecom, Orange Bissau, Orange Cameroun, Orange Guinée, Orange Mali, Orange Niger, Orange Spain, and Sonatel have teamed up with several international operators.

The new cable will leverage DWDM technology and will operate alongside existing systems. It will contribute to the development of telecommunications networks, a determining factor in West Africa's socio-economic development. Thanks to this new submarine cable, Internet-based services will benefit from excellent international connectivity, according to France Telecom.

France Telecom, which operates in 15 African countries, is already co-owner of several submarine cables in this part of the world: SAT3-WASC-SAFE, one of the longest in the world linking Portugal to Malaysia down the West coast of Africa, and Atlantis 2 linking Portugal to Argentina via Senegal.

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