The ACE submarine fiber optic cable from France has landed in the Gambia in what would potentially change the bandwidth access and Internet penetration in one of Africa’s most attractive tourist destinations.The ACE submarine communications cable is a cable system undergoing construction along the west coast of Africa between France and South Africa, planned by the ACE consortium which was initiated on June 5, 2010. A submarine communication cable is a cable laid on the sea bed between land-based stations to carry telecommunication signals across stretches of ocean.
Initiated by France Telecom and administered by 16 different operators will link Europe to the West Coast of Africa with unlimited connectivity.This 700 million dollar system uses the most advanced high-speed broadband fiber optic technology and will be a big help in the development and economic growth of Africa. ACE will allow 23 countries in Europe and Africa, to own capacity. This will give all countries in Africa the opportunity to access the international broadband network at a lower cost. This will increase high-speed internet in Africa. For those countries accessing submarine cable for the first time such as The Gambia, ACE will broaden their opportunities in terms of connectivity, data-sharing and information sharing with the rest of the world.The first phase of the 17,000 km-long fiber optic cable will be operational by end 2012.
This is a major breakthrough for The Gambia and we are looking forward for services to begin in The Gambia.