Internet Solutions (IS) announced in a press statement today (9 July 2013) that it has connected Namibia (through its local implementation partner, ITN) and Nigeria to the West Africa Cable System (WACS).
The company also plans to light up capacity in Ghana and Angola in the near future, according to the statement.
“This is an important strategic step in our African expansion plans, having acquired significant capacity on the 5.12Tbps undersea fibre optic cable,” said Sean Nourse, executive for connectivity services at IS.
According to Nourse, these links offer IS clients greater diversity up the west coast of Africa as it complements existing SAT–3 capacity.
This is also the first time Namibia has been linked to an undersea fibre optic cable system, according to IS.
“With the launch of this connectivity in Nigeria and Namibia, IS has become one of the first providers to go to market with WACS capacity,” Nourse continued.
“This means that our current MPLS clients will benefit from a more stable and resilient international network, with redundancy up the West coast, at no additional cost,” he added. “In fact, we are now in a position to offer better rates on various international services due to the added capacity.”
It also opens up the market to companies in these regions that want access to the IS data centre network in South Africa and Europe, Nourse explained.
Additional West African countries earmarked for links to WACS include Angola and Ghana. “Angola is currently only linked to the SAT–3 cable,” said Nourse.
“As the powerhouses of West Africa, we are excited to see how this WACS capacity will help to drive further growth in these regions through the improved international communication, collaboration and e-commerce capabilities it offers,” Nourse said.