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Teraco takes African cloud connectivity lead with ACE cable

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Teraco's regional interconnection hubs have been further enhanced by the addition of the Africa Coast to Europe Subsea Cable (ACE).

The ACE submarine cable is now live and available for interconnection at three of Teraco’s data centres across South Africa, expanding access to broadband connectivity and digital services on the continent.

ACE is the eighth submarine cable system to connect at Teraco. Spanning around 17,000km along the West Coast of Africa, ACE lands in 19 countries before being backhauled by MTN South Africa, the landing partner, into Teraco’s data centre facilities.

Michele McCann, head of interconnection and peering at Teraco, said: “Our position as the interconnection hub in Africa allows us to address the increasing demands for global data transit.

“Users of ACE now have direct access to Teraco’s ecosystem of over 350 networks, 130 IT service providers, 50 global content providers and the key global cloud providers via their cloud on-ramps located at Teraco.”

McCann said the timing of the ACE deployment is key as the region's cloud uptake is consistently increasing due to the digital transformation occurring across most business sectors.

ACE reaches an estimated 450 million people, equivalent to 5.8% of the world’s population. 16 of the 19 countries connected are on African soil, and in the case of Equatorial Guinea, Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tomé e Príncipe and Sierra Leone, ACE is the first international submarine cable to land on their shores.

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