More Africa NewsGhana: the government approves the country’s connection to the 2Africa submarine cable

August 28, 2023by myles0

Ghana is already served by five international fiber optic submarine cables. These are SAT-3, MainOne, WACS, Glo-1 and ACE.

The Ghanaian government has approved the landing of the 2Africa fiber optic submarine cable of the eponymous consortium led by the American company Meta. This was revealed by Ursula Owusu-Ekuful, Minister of Communications and Digitization, during the 2023 edition of the Africa Peering and Internet Connection forum which was held from Tuesday 22 to Thursday 24 August.

2Africa will strengthen Ghana’s broadband telecom infrastructure. The country is already connected to five international fiber optic submarine cables, namely South Atlantic Telecommunications cable no.3 (SAT-3), MainOne Cable System, West Africa Cable System (WACS), Glo-1 and Africa Coast to Europe (ACE).

“  By adopting this initiative, we anticipate a reduction in transit costs, which will make Internet services more affordable. We encourage Internet and Network Service Providers, Banking Switch Notes and Government Service Portals to engage in open peering with the clearinghouse in Ghana, which is critical to fostering a local ecosystem peering and interconnection dynamics  ,” said Ms. Owusu-Ekuful.

Once commissioned, the 2Africa cable is expected to not only improve the quality and reduce the cost of internet services in Ghana, but also extend the reach of these services to millions more people.

According to the latest statistics from the National Communications Authority (NCA), the country has 22.9 million Internet users for a penetration rate of 71.94%.

Source: Agence Ecofin

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