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ACE is a consortium of telecom operators from Africa and Europe. The Consortium has recently launched segments one, two and three of the ACE submarine cable for commercial service since 19th December, 2012. These segments being the first phase stretched from France to Sao Tome connecting 15 coastal countries and 2 landlocked countries, namely, Mali and Niger.
The supply contract for the second phase, which will complete the 17,000 km cable distance to South Africa, has been signed and the construction is underway. This plans to provide landing stations in Congo Brazzaville, Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola, Namibia and South Africa, with the desire to further connect landlocked countries along the way. In the end, 23 countries will be connected to the ACE submarine system.
The ACE system that is being upgraded to the 100G technology, will increase its design capacity from 5.12 Tbps to 12.8 Tbps. The system is supported by wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology that would accommodate tomorrow's ultra-broadband networks.
The ACE submarine system has positioned itself as a key driver of Africa’s social and economic growth. The 19 members of the ACE Consortium are Benin, Cable Consortium of Liberia, Canalink, Cote d'Ivoire Telecom, Dolphin, Orange France, Gambia Submarine Cable Company, GUILAB, International Mauritania Telecom, Republic of Cameroun, Orange Mali, Orange Niger, MEO, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Gabon, Sierra Leone Cable (SALCAB) Limited, Sonatel and STP CABO ". The consortium is pleased to announce the formal launching into operations of the Benin, Lagos and Tenerife branches by June 2015.