By Total Telecom

South Africa's MTN Group Ltd. said Friday's launch of a submarine cable running from Cape Town to London will significantly increase broadband capacity along the western coast of Africa.

Construction of the cable, known as the West Africa Cable System, started in 2009 and was jointly paid for by a consortium that includes MTN, Vodacom Group Ltd. and telecommunications companies in the countries where the cable stops along the way, such as Angola and Namibia.

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