Sierra Leone officially connects to ACE cable

Telecoms

Sierra Leone has officially launched its connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, gaining its first direct link to a global fibre network.

Sierra Leone President Ernest Koroma, presiding over the launch, described it as a ‘milestone’.

France Telecom Orange and the other members of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) consortium launched the first phase of the cable in December last year. At a ceremony held in Banjul, The Gambia, the consortium said the cable was now operational for the first phase – nearly 12,000km linking 13 countries from France and Sao Tomé & Principe. It will  extend as far as South Africa for the second phase.