Upgrade to 920Gbps for SAT-3 cable

The SAT-3/WASC submarine cable has more than doubled its capacity after the completion of its fourth upgrade, the controlling consortium announced on Monday, 1 September 2014.

The SAT-3/WASC cable system, operating at 40Gbps, has been upgraded from 420Gbps in the northern segments (north of Ghana) to 920Gbps, and from 340Gbps in the southern segments to 800Gbps.

The 14,350km cable system was upgraded to meet growing demand for broadband services and connectivity.

Overall, the upgrade enables a seven-fold increase in SAT-3/WASC’s original design capacity, the group said in a press statement.

Telkom, one of the contributors to the cable upgrade, said the upgrade would allow the group to offer “premium solutions at reduced costs”.

“Telkom’s participation in this initiative further demonstrates commitment to remain customer-centric and cost-effective,” the company said.

Telkom has direct ownership and investment in the EASSy, WACS, EIG, S3WS, SMW3, and Columbus-3 cable systems, giving it formidable gateway redundancy in South Africa.

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Upgrade to 920Gbps for SAT-3 cable