Angola Cables enhances connectivity with 100G technology from Alcatel-Lucent

Angola Cables, a consortium of Angolan telecommunications operators, is establishing a terrestrial fiber-optic link with the West African Cable System (WACS), the submarine communications network connecting the countries of West Africa with Europe. The new fiber-optic network in Angola – established using 100G coherent optical technologies from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) – will support Internet services for customers of communications service providers in Angola as well as in neighboring countries, dramatically increasing Internet availability in this underserved region.

Nov 14th, 2012

Angola Cables, a consortium of Angolan telecommunications operators, is establishing a terrestrial fiber-optic link with the West African Cable System (WACS), the submarine communications network connecting the countries of West Africa with Europe. The new fiber-optic network in Angola – established using 100G coherent optical technologies from Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) – will support Internet services for customers of communications service providers in Angola as well as in neighboring countries, dramatically increasing Internet availability in this underserved region.

As its name implies, WACS runs up the western coast of Africa, connecting the southern part of the continent with Europe as far north as the UK (see “WACS to extend submarine cable system from Portugal to the UK with Alcatel-Lucent’s 40G optical technology”).The four-fiber-pair system spans approximately 16,000 km and connects 15 terminal stations.

Antonio Nunes, the CEO of Angola Cables, said that while Angola has connectivity to the outside world, the new 100-Gbps connection to the WACS will increase in the availability of communications services and provide stronger connections with the global community for consumers and businesses in Angola and throughout the region.

Daniel Jaeger, vice-president of Alcatel-Lucent Africa, added, “Alcatel-Lucent is deeply committed to the vision of digital inclusion, and we are gratified by the opportunity to help bring world class communications services to the people of Angola and their neighbors.”

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