Super high speed internet access available from June 2012 to support multiplay

Technology & Convergence

Sunday Guest at TVT, the CEO of Togo Telecom has given details of the arrival, as expected by users, of the very high speed internet access. It is due in the month of June, said Sam Bikassam.

The fiber optic cable that will provide unparalleled data rates will be operational in South Africa on 10th. May 2012.

The WACS (West Africa Cable System) cable is a consortium of several African operators including Togo Telecom, Angola Telecom, Broadband Ifraco, Cable & Wireless, MTN, Portugal Telecom, Sotelco, Tata Communications, Telecom Namibia, Telkom and Vodacom.

It links South Africa to Britain with connection points in Togo, Namibia, DRC, Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana and Cote d'Ivoire. This is the first direct link of this kind. Cost of investment: 600 million, including $ 27 million for the operator in Togo.
 
With a length of 14,000 km, WACS must route communications standard and high-speed Internet (3.8 terabits / sec) at costs far lower than they are today.

This will also pave the way for new technologies such as triple play (telephone, television, internet), which Togo Telecom intends to launch pretty soon.

On the business offer, details will be provided in the coming weeks, but the rates should be particularly attractive.

"The connection to the WACS will give us the enormous advantage of not being dependent on foreign operators with its inherent risks," says Sam Bikassam.
For years, the Togolese have complained about the poor quality of internet connections and high prices. It will take another month of patience before surfing in comfort.