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WACS system to upgrade to 45%

Mon, 9 March 2015 08:01
by Villager Reporter

The West Africa Cable System (WACS) current upgrade will increase the capacity of the upgrading parties to 45% from 11% of their total capacity entitlement of the WACS system design capacity.
Preceding upgrade phases will be implemented in the future depending on the future bandwidth demand until parties reach their 100% WACS design capacity entitlement.
According to Telecom Namibia’s Senior Manager for Corporate Communications and Public Relations, Oiva Angula said the system upgrade process will be undertaken in two phases, with the first phase expected to be completed by end of June 2015 while the second phase will be ready by end of October 2015.
The West Africa Cable System or abbreviated as WACS is a submarine fibre optic cable that links countries in Southern Africa, Western Africa and Europe.
Angula added that the WACS is based on a consortium model and is a joint effort of a number of African and global telecoms operators.
“The system was officially commissioned in May 2012 and since then the bandwidth uptake has been quite enormous. This has forced the WACS consortium to go out on tender to upgrade the system,” said Angula.
In addition, Telecom Namibia will host the meeting and thus the consortium has therefore scheduled the WACS upgrade #1 project kick-off meeting which will take place from March 9-13, 2015 at the Hilton Hotel in Windhoek.
“The tendering process was finalised and the supplier appointed in December 2014,” said Angula.
Angula added that the global telecoms operators from South Africa, Botswana, Angola, DRC, Congo Brazzaville, Cameroon, Togo, Nigeria, Ghana, Ivory Coast, Cape Verde Islands, Spain, Portugal, UK, India and Canada will be represented at this meeting.
“The Swakopmund Landing Station serves as a broadband gateway to the world for Namibia’s ICT industry. The station is also currently transiting for land-locked countries like Botswana, Zambia, Zimbabwe and Malawi. This therefore reflects the importance of WACS as an asset not only to Namibia but to the SADC region, Africa and the world at large,” said Angula.