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WACS Lands in Western Cape

2011-04-19 11:51:00

WACS, a new fibre optic cable expected to boost SA’s broadband capacity by more than 500 Gigabits per second (Gbps), landed in the Western Cape on Tuesday 19 April.

South African telecommunications provider Telkom was tasked with landing the WACS (West African Cable System) cable in Yzerfontein in the Western Cape – a location chosen to provide a third international fibre gateway into Africa.

WACS will connect European servers with 15 points along Africa’s western coast, linking local internet providers to these servers and boosting the continent’s bandwidth.

Casper K Chihaka, Managing Executive: Telkom Wholesale Services said Yzerfontein in the Western Cape was selected as the landing point for WACS and Telkom as the company responsible for various reasons.

“All submarine cables that enter South Africa is located at either Melkbosstrand or Mtunzini, thus effectively two international fibre gateways,” he said.

“Events such as earthquakes or even a large ship dragging its anchor has seen several cables being cut during singular events across the world.

“South Africa needs a third international fibre gateway to reduce the risk of complete isolation from the rest of the world.

“Telkom operates submarine cable gateways at Mtunzini, Melkbosstrand and now also at Yzerfontein,” he added.

According to Telkom once WACS is fully operational the company will be able to provide services from three gateways in South Africa, boosting the redundancy of the country even under disastrous conditions.

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