Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Subsea Cable Is Now Live

ACE reaches an estimated 450 million people, equivalent to 5.8% of the world’s population. 16 of the 19 countries connected are on African soil.

June 30, 2021

The ACE submarine cable is now live and available for interconnection at three of Teraco’sSpanning approximately 17,000 km ACE lands in 19 countries before being backhauled by into Teraco’s data centre facilities. data centres across South Africa, expanding access to broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa. ACE is the eighth submarine cable system to connect at Teraco, highlighting Teraco’s position as the leading interconnection hub on the African continent. Spanning approximately 17,000 km along the West Coast of Africa, ACE lands in 19 countries before being backhauled by MTN South Africa, the landing partner, into Teraco’s data centre facilities.

Michele McCann, Head of Interconnection and Peering, Teraco, says South Africa is a critical hub for access to digital services in the region.

“Our position as the interconnection hub in Africa allows us to address the increasing demands for global data transit. Users of ACE now have direct access to Teraco’s ecosystem of over 350 networks, 130 IT service providers, 50 global content providers, and the key global cloud providers via their cloud onramps located in Teraco.”

She says that there is a shift to a more interconnected offering, making Teraco’s African Cloud Exchange vital as it links enterprise systems and data with networks, cloud providers, platforms and cable systems.

According to McCann, this interconnectedness within data centres provides organisations with opportunities to address their digital transformation through choice and access speeds effectively. This increased capacity and reach across Africa will bring a direct benefit to data-driven organisations whilst also supporting further development across the Internet ecosystem.

McCann also says that the timing is key as the regions’ cloud uptake consistently increases due to the digital transformation occurring across most business sectors.

“ACE is playing a critical role in the continent’s infrastructure development. Using the most advanced high-speed broadband fibre-optic technology enables the cable capacity to be increased as and when needed without additional submarine work required.”

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