Angola Cables selects Alcatel-Lucent for 100G WACS link

Angolan telco consortium Angola Cables and Alcatel-Lucent have announced an agreement to expand the availability of high-speed internet access and data services throughout Angola and on to neighbouring countries.

To achieve this goal Angola Cables is establishing a terrestrial fibre link with the West African Cable System (WACS) submarine network, which connects west Africa with Europe.

The fibre-optic link will use 100Gbps coherent technology from Alcatel-Lucent to support internet services for citizens in Angola and neighbouring countries, with the intention of dramatically increasing internet availability.

The network is expected to bring the high capacity broadband connectivity needed for business, public sector and consumer services.

“Angola has already connectivity to the outside world, but this new connection to the WACS through the establishment of this 100G link, consumers and businesses in Angola and throughout the region will benefit from a dramatic increase in the availability of communications services, and stronger connections with the global community,” said Antonio Nunes, CEO of Angola Cables.

Alcatel claims that the 100Gbps network will contribute to the revival of the economy in the region, which has struggled to recover from decades of conflict.

“Alcatel-Lucent is deeply committed to the vision of digital inclusion, and we are gratified by the opportunity to help bring world-class communications services to the people of Angola and their neighbors. Communications networks have a vital role to play in the economic growth and social development of all countries. We are pleased to join with Angola Cables in this worthy project,” said Daniel Jaeger, VP of Alcatel-Lucent Africa.