The government wants to strengthen the national telecoms infrastructure as part of its digital transformation ambitions. The country is already served by five international fiber optic submarine cables. These are SAT-3, MainOne, WACS, Glo-1 and ACE.
Ghana is now connected to the 2Africa submarine fiber optic cable from the eponymous consortium led by the American technology company Meta. The 45,000 km infrastructure was laid off the coast of the capital Accra last week by Bayobab (formerly MTN GlobalConnect), the MTN Group infrastructure operating company.
It was last August that the Ghanaian government revealed that it had approved the landing of the 2Africa cable for Ghana’s broadband telecoms 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).
“ The landing of 2Africa in Ghana is an important step towards improving cable resilience, increasing broadband penetration in the country and improving Ghana’s international connectivity. The expansion of submarine cable systems in the country will help meet the country’s connectivity needs, promote economic growth and improve its resilience to disruptions ,” Bayobab said.
Once commissioned, the new submarine cable is expected to not only improve the quality and reduce costs of internet services in Ghana, but also extend the reach of these services to millions more people. The country has 22.9 million Internet users with a penetration rate of 71.94%, according to the latest statistics from the National Communications Authority (NCA).