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Cape Verde: Agreement Signed for Cabo Amilcar Cabral Submarine Cable Connecting Cape Verde And Guinea Conakry

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On 23 October 2018, an agreement was signed in Praia (the capital) for a new submarine cable connecting Cape Verde with Guinea Conakry. According to a government press release, the agreement for the ‘Cabo Amilcar Cabral’ submarine cable was signed between Cabo Verde Telecom (CV Telecom) and GUILAB (Guinéenne de Large Bande SA). The estimated cost of the cable is reportedly US$ 44 million, which will be shared between CV Telecom, GUILAB and other regional stakeholders.

The new Cabo Amilcar Cabral cable will provide a second international submarine cable landing for Guinea Conakry, and will also help to improve and strengthen regional connectivity within the ECOWAS region (Economic Community of West African States). The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable, which was the first international submarine cable to land in Guinea Conakry, entered into service in December 2012 (see Africa: France Telecom Orange Announces Launch of ACE Submarine Cable). Cape Verde is now served by two international submarine cables: the Atlantis II cable which entered service in 2000, and WACS which entered service in May 2012 (see Africa: WACS Submarine Cable Enters Service).

Meanwhile, in July 2017, the government of neighbouring Guinea Bissau announced that it had signed an agreement with the World Bank, Orange and MTN to connect to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable in Dakar, according to Reuters (see Guinea Bissau: Guinea Bissau To Build Festoon Cable To Connect To ACE Submarine Cable In Dakar (Senegal)). Guinea Bissau is the only coastal country in West Africa that does not have its own submarine cable landing point. Due for completion within eighteen months, the project will see the deployment of a 464-km unrepeatered festoon cable running from Bissau (Guinea Bissau) to Dakar (Senegal) where it will interconnect with the ACE system.

Source: Governo de Cabo Verde

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