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Sao Tomé & Principe: GITGE Begins Deployment Of Ultramar Submarine Cable Connecting Sao Tomé To Annobon, Equatorial Guinea

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In September 2018, GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial) announced that it has started the deployment of the Ultramar submarine cable connecting Sao Tomé (the capital city of Sao Tomé and Principe) with Annobon in Equatorial Guinea. The 263-km long unrepeatered cable will run from Sao Tomé to the island of Annobon (Equatorial Guinea), and is being deployed by Alcatel Submarine Networks.

GITGE is currently connected to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable which entered service in December 2012 (see also Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable), the CEIBA-1 cable connecting Malabo (the capital) to the mainland at Bata which was completed in October 2009 (see Equatorial Guinea: GETESA Completes Submarine Cable Connecting Bata to Mainland), and the CEIBA-2 submarine cable system also connecting Malabo to Bata and Kribi (Cameroon) which entered which entered service in March 2017 (see Equatorial Guinea: CEIBA-2 Submarine Cable Enters Service).

GITGE says that the CEIBA-2 submarine cable fulfils two objectives: it protects the CEIBA-1 submarine cable between Bata and Malabo, and because it has a branch to Kribi in Cameroon also acts as second international connection point for Equatorial Guinea. In June 2018, GITGE notably signed an agreement with the SAIL consortium to acquire capacity on the SAIL (South Atlantic Inter Link) submarine cable, running from Kribi to Fortaleza (Brazil) which was completed in September 2018 (see Cameroon: Installation of SAIL Submarine Cable Linking Cameroon To Brazil Completed). According to a company press release, the SAIL cable has a capacity of 32 Tbps, of which 8 Tbps will be connected to Bata (Equatorial Guinea), and the connection from Bata is due to take place in the first semester of 2019.

Source: GITGE

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