TELECOMMUNICATION operators from 17 countries with interest in the West Africa Cable System (WACS) are meeting in Windhoek from yesterday until Thursday to discuss expanding the fibre optic cable.

WACS is a submarine fibre optic cable at the Namibian coastal town of Swakomund that links countries in southern Africa, Western Africa and Europe.

The planned upgrade will increase the capacity of the upgrading parties from 11% to 45 % of their total capacity entitlement of the WACS system design capacity.

The host, Telecom Namibia, said in a statement on Friday that the system upgrade process will be undertaken in two phases, with phase one expected to be completed by end of June 2015, while phase two will be ready by the end of October 2015.

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