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New multimillion-dollar cable links Europe, region

19 September 2013, 10:25Okoro Chinedu

Lagos – Dolphin Telecom, the global communications carrier and operator of the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable system, has announced plans to invest $700 million to lay a submarine cable linking West Africa and Europe next year.

According to officials, the cable will pass through United Kingdom, France, Portugal, Canary Islands, and connect to 21 African countries. France Télécom-Orange is initiating the project that a consortium of 16 operators is administering.

Abdel Mageid Elzain, the Managing Director of Dolphin Telecom, said the cable will link Europe to the West Coast of Africa through “unprecedented” connectivity.

Francis Okoh, Chief Commercial Officer, Dolphin Telecom, said the submarine cable would bring seamless connectivity to Africa with massive bandwidth to ensure affordable internet access to the continent.

Okoh said Dolphin Telecom had already built a data centre in Agbara, Ogun State, completed its landing station in Lagos and was awaiting the landing of the ACE cable in the country, which would complement other operators in the market like Glo 1, Main One Cable, WACS and SAT3 cables.

“We are partnering with telecom operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs) who will take the bandwidth to the retail market. We have built one of the largest datacentres in Africa. We want to do business the way business should be done.

"In terms of focus, we know what we want to do and we will redefine wholesale business. Our model is backend support not building base stations,” he said at the ongoing NigeriaCom conference and exhibition in Lagos.

Dolphin Telecom has partnered with such local and international companies as Telecom Italia, Spaco Italia, Medallion Communications, Venema Advies, Comsys Ghana, Expressor Telecommunications Group, Bluecloud, and Afcom, among others for collocation, supply of internet protocol (IP), building of data centre, capacity and loop agreement.

Dolphin Telecom is a joint venture between Expresso Telecom Group and Haggar Trading UAE specialised in wholesale Internet Bandwidth for Carriers, ISPs and Enterprise customers.

Members of the ACE consortium include France Telecom , Expresso Telecom Group, and Benin Telecoms, Cote d'lvoire Telecom, Companhia Santomense de Telecomunicacoes, Gamtel, International Mauritania Telecom, Cable Consortium of Liberia, Office Congolals des Postes et Telecommunications, Orange Cameroon, Orange Guinea, Orange Mali, Orange Niger, Portugal Telecom, Sierra Leone Cable Sonatel and Sotelgui among others.

- CAJ News


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