MTN Zambia expands WACS link

Undersea cable Plarad JapanMTN Zambia has expanded an undersea cable that links the UK along the west of Africa. (Image source: WACS)MTN Zambia has expanded its connection to the West Africa Cable System (WACS), a global network which aims to provide more reliable Internet access provision

Zambia CTO Ernest Paul said that the connection to the West Africa undersea cable, which links the United Kingdom along the west coast of Africa, will help drive social and economic growth across various sectors.

The new development follows the initial connection to the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) through Tanzania two years ago.

According to company chief technical officer Ernest Paul, the firm made the fibre optic connection in early October, connecting Zambia to the UK via Namibia.

"We believe that this global connection will add value to our customers due to increased capacity and reliability. Zambia being landlocked should not be viewed as a challenge but as an opportunity and having potential of being a major connectivity hub for the region," Paul said in a statement issued in Lusaka recently.

Paul described internet access as a market with huge growth potential, which the firm is keen to effectively tap into as it provides a wide range of business solutions on its data platform.

"This in effect means that when one gateway collapses, we automatically switch to the other one without any disruption on our services," he pointed out.

Nawa Mutumweno

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