eFive Telecoms selects vendor for African cable system

New cable to provide additional link between Africa and South America

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eFive Telecoms selects vendor for African cable system The new cable system is expected to improve internet connectivity in East Africa. (Getty Images)
By  Nithyasree Trivikram Published  September 5, 2010

South African telco, eFive Telecoms, has partnered with Alcatel-Lucent to build a new submarine cable network linking the west coast of Africa with South America. The system is to have two trunks - the first one connecting South Africa to Angola and Nigeria, and the second trunk linking Angola to Brazil.

The network is expected to further increase connectivity in Africa, deliver additional network capacity, and also enhance service and traffic protection by providing critical cable route diversity to South America.

Lawrence Mulaudzi, managing director of eFive Telecoms, said: "We believe that high-growth areas such as the African continent require the development of new projects."Alcatel-Lucent will lead the project and will be responsible for system design, manufacturing, installation and commissioning.

The system will also be maintained by Alcatel-Lucent through its Atlantic Private Maintenance Agreement (APMA), which currently covers over 100,000km of  submarine cable infrastructure from the west coast of Africa to the Caribbean and as far north as Greenland.

Philippe Dumont, head of Alcatel-Lucent's submarine network division said that the growth in African internet and mobile telephony is driving service providers' demand for additional connectivity to ensure greater reliability, as well as increased access to bandwidth. "This project will further position Africa as a major hub for broadband connectivity," he added.

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