According to TeleGeography,
Zambian fixed line incumbent Zambia Telecommunications Company Limited (ZAMTEL) has completed connections to two submarine cables, those being the West Africa Cable System (WACS) and SAT-3, with both links made via Telecom Namibia. According to ITWeb Africa, which cites Zamtel chief executive officer Mupanga Mwanakatwe, the Zamtel fibre network runs from Solwezi, Ndola, Lusaka, Livingstone and Sesheke into Namibia, before eventually travelling onwards to the western seaboard international undersea cables. Mr Mwanakatwe has claimed that, having connected to the two submarine cables, his company could now potentially deliver 600Mbps of internet capacity to Zambian customers. In the wake of the development the executive also noted: ‘We are planning to introduce additional value added services in the near future’. It has been suggested that Zamtel could look to increase capacity for its ADSL-based services, while plans to grow the telco’s fibre metro network to provide cost-effective end solutions to corporate clients are also thought to be under consideration.
- WACS (West Africa Cable System) is a submarine communications cable linking South Africa with the United Kingdom along the west coast of Africa that was constructed by Alcatel-Lucent. The cable consists of four fibre pairs and is 14,000 km in length, linking from Yzerfontein in the Western Cape of South Africa to London in the United Kingdom. It has 15 terminal stations along the western coast of Africa. The total cost for the cable system is $650 million. WACS was originally known as the Africa West Coast Cable (AWCC) and was planned to branch to South America but this was dropped and the system eventually became the West African Cable System. (Source: WACS)
- SAT-3/WASC or South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable is a submarine communications cable linking Portugal and Spain to South Africa, with connections to several West African countries along the route. It forms part of the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE cable system, where the SAFE cable links South Africa to Asia. The SAT-3/WASC/SAFE system provides a path between Asia and Europe for telecommunications traffic that is an alternative to the cable routes that pass through the Middle East, such as SEA-ME-WE 3 and FLAG. SAT-3 has a capacity of 340 Gbit/s while SAFE has a capacity of 440 Gbit/s. (Source: SAT-3)