Subsea cable to double S.Africa Internet capacity


A new undersea telecommunications cable has landed in South Africa, investors announced Tuesday, saying the link would double the broadband capacity of the continent’s largest economy.

The 14,000-kilometre (8,700-mile) West Africa Cable System (WACS) fibre optic line links South Africa’s Western Cape province to London, giving African Internet providers a direct connection to servers in Europe, its sponsors said.

The $650-million (460-million-euro) system will increase South Africa’s broadband capacity by more than 500 gigabits per second, said South African telecommunications provider Telkom, one of the 12 companies in the project.

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