New subsea cable to connect Africa, Middle East and Asia

MTN Group, PCCW Global, Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Telecom Egypt (TE) and Telkom South have partnered to construct a new system which will connect Africa with the Middle East and South Central .

The consortium-funded “Africa-1” submarine cable system will also provide onward connectivity to Europe.

Africa-1 will have at least 3-fiber pair core that extends more than 12,000 km along Africa’s East Coast towards Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and Pakistan, with up to an additional 5,000 km for branches. Africa-1 will leverage the latest state-of-the-art 100G technology and will be initially equipped to accommodate several terabits of capacity from day one.

Along with comprehensive interconnection with other cable systems and full Open Access at all cable landing points, Africa-1 will be technically and commercially be designed to be attractive, delivering easy accessibility and a unique low-latency direct express route. The Construction and Maintenance Agreement is expected to be signed by June, with a target ready for service timeframe of the third quarter of 2017.

The Construction and Maintenance Agreement is expected to be signed by June, with a target ready for service timeframe of the third quarter of 2017.

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