Come early 2014, Africa is set to receive yet another connection to a 40 terabyte per second (Tbit/s) super cable, thanks to Wasace Cable Company.
Wasace yesterday revealed the final procurement process was already in place to select a system supplier for the cable’s construction. According to Wasace, selection of the successful bidders for the tender would be complete by July 2012.
The 40Tbit/s cable will connect South Africa, Angola and Nigeria to the US, as well as to markets in South America and Europe, using the latest “100G” fibre-optic technology. The African leg of the new submarine telecommunications system will also serve markets in the North and South Atlantic.
If the set 2014 deadline will be met, then Wasace Super Cable will be ahead of the newly announced Brics Cable, which will follow some of the same route at Wasace.
David Ross Group, an international telecoms consulting firm, will be responsible for administering the procurement process and leading the development of the project. Aterios Capital is among the financial advisors expected to source funding of the project.
South Africa has received a lot of attention from Telecommunications companies offering Cable Services due to its booming technology market. Wasace will be among the many new cable systems that will serve SA via the Atlantic Ocean include SAex, Wacs and Ace. Wacs cable was launched today in Cape Town.