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Equatorial Guinea: GITGE’s International Bandwidth Reaches 30 Gbps

GITGE (Gestor de Infraestructuras de Telecomunicaciones de Guinea Ecuatorial) said that its activated international Internet bandwidth has now reached 30 Gbps, diversified between routes to Lisbon (Portugal), London (UK) and Virginia (USA), according to a recent interview with its Director General (source: Balancing Act, CIO Magazine). Equatorial Guinea's international bandwidth has increased dramatically since it was connected to the first and second international submarine cables to land in the country in 2012 (ACE) and 2018 (CEIBA-2/ SAIL).

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 fulfills 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 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 was due to take place in the first semester of 2019.

Source: Balancing Act, CIO Magazine, GITGE

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