Construction of Africa-1 sub-sea cable system commences

AFRICA – The construction of Africa-1 sub-sea cable, which is a fibre optic submarine telecommunications cable system connecting Africa, the Middle East and Europe has begun according to Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), a world leader in submarine network systems.

Backed up by a consortium made up of Etisalat, G42, Mobily, Pakistan Telecommunication Company and Telecom Egypt, with more companies expected to join in the near future, the 10,000 km sub-sea cable will deliver 8 fibre pairs to connect Africa and the Middle East eastward to Pakistan and westward to Europe.

The system will be equipped from day 1 with ASN 1620 Softnode transmission equipment, featuring high performance 200/300/400 Gb/s advanced coherent XWAV line cards.

It is expected to be ready for operation by the end of next year but one (2023).

The implementation of the project comes at a time when  proposed Nzadi Cable project in Angola is also starting.

“The Africa – 1-sub-sea cable system will initially have landings in Kenya, Djibouti, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and France”

The Nzadi Cable System will comprise the main trunk cable from Luanda to Cabinda in the Central African country, with a Branching Unit for future connection to Soyo, as well as potential system northward expansion to both the Republic of Congo and the Democratic Republic of the Congo.

It will consist of a high fibre count of up to 14 fibre pairs and will connect some 15 to 30 offshore Oil & Gas assets and is expected to start offering services in the 4th Quarter of

The Africa – 1-sub-sea cable system will initially have landings in Kenya, Djibouti, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, and France.

It will also land in Sudan, cross Egypt through diverse new terrestrial routes on the way to France, and further connect other countries in the Mediterranean such as Algeria, Tunisia, and Italy.

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