West African ACE cable lands in Côte d’Ivoire

The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable has landed in Côte d’Ivoire in West Africa.

Orange says the cable-laying ship Ile de Sein has completed the laying of the cable up to the city of Abidjan. The landing in Côte d’Ivoire was made in partnership with Côte d’Ivoire Telecom.

The ACE cable, which landed at the Pennmarc’h cable station in Brittany last month, extends for 17,000km from France to South Africa. It is expected to be ready for commercial service in 2012.

ACE will provide an open source alternative to countries connected at present only to the SAT3-WASC-SAFE cable that links Portugal to Malaysia, running along the west coast of Africa. It will also diversify transmission options between its European landings in France and Portugal, say backers.

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