MTN Ghana announces link with WACS

MTN Ghana will link with West Africa Cable System (WACS) by April this year
Michael Ikpoki, CEO, MTN Ghana.
Michael Ikpoki, CEO, MTN Ghana.


MTN Ghana has announced its decision to link with West Africa Cable System (WACS) by April this year.

MTN says that this will help provide mobile broadband services at fast speeds to its subscriber base throughout Africa. Michael Ikpoki, CEO, MTN Ghana, said that the telco has observed an upward trend in broadband uptake since the start of 2011 and is “looking to improve capacity in areas where we have seen huge data uptake”.

“We invested about US$90 million in the WACS cable which landed in Accra in the second quarter of last year, because we saw the opportunity in the country,” he said. “We have also invested in data centres across the country and so with data we are very aggressive,” he added.

WACS is an under-construction submarine communications cable that links South Africa with the UK. It runs along the west coast of Africa and is being constructed by Alcatel-Lucent. The cable consists of four fibre pairs and is 14,000 km in length, linking from Yzerfontein in the Western Cape of South Africa to London in the United Kingdom. The design capacity of WACS is 5.2Tbits/s.

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