In brief

8 February 2019

Telecoms

Huawei Marine has completed the second phase of the West Africa Cable System (WACS) upgrade by utilising Flex Grid and Optical pass-through technologies to deliver what it claimed was ‘the world’s longest 100G subsea cable system.’ This phase of WACS now has 32×100G configured on an amplified single fibre span. The 14,530km WACS cable – which was commissioned in May 2012, with an initial design capacity of 5.12Tbps – spans the west coast of Africa, linking South Africa to Portugal, with landings in Namibia, Angola, the DRC, Republic of Congo, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Cote d’Ivoire, Cape Verde, the Canary Islands and Portugal.

Angola Cables’ landing station in Fortaleza (Brazil), which was built to house the Monet cable system linking Boca Raton in Florida (US) to Fortaleza and Santos in Brazil, has been awarded Tier III Certification. Angola Cables claims that ‘this is the first time that a Tier III facility has been built in the region to support a submarine cable and its backhaul.’

The government of the western African nation of Togo has announced that it will renew the operating licence of TogoCom Group – the state-owned holding company formed in July 2017 from the merger of fixed telephony operator Togo Telecom and mobile operator Togo Cellulaire (Togocel) – as part of plans to increase its attractiveness to investors ahead of its planned capital opening in March 2019.