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ACE cable bringing broadband boost for Equatorial Guinea

By , ITWeb
Africa , 07 Dec 2012

ACE cable bringing broadband boost for Equatorial Guinea

The tiny West African nation of Equatorial Guinea is planning to get a broadband connectivity boost with its upcoming connection to the international Africa Coast to Europe Project (ACE) undersea fibre optic cable.

The ACE project, which is being switched on this month, is planned to connect 21 countries, from South Africa to France, along the African continent’s West Coast.

Equatorial Guinea's economic capital, Bata, will serve as one of the cable's key connection points. The West African nation is one of the smallest countries on the continent, with just a 650,000 population.

And the nation’s Ministry of Transportation, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications says it plans to officially oversee the implementation of the control centre for the cable, which will be effective by December 6, 2013.

The control centre in Equatorial Guinea is located at the site of the public Telecommunication Infrastructures Manager of Equatorial Guinea (GITGE), the country's first telecommunications infrastructure company, which was launched in July 2012.

"Equatorial Guinea is working to expand its broadband connectivity," said Carmelo Martin Modu, secretary of state for technology and telecommunications.

"We believe that through our participation in the ACE project, we will continue to reduce the digital divide that exists in our country and improve our communications' quality and reach," added Modu.

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