19 December 2012

West Africa: Fastest Internet Technology Begins in Liberia January 19 - As West Africa Launches ACE Cable Today

The Africa to Europe (ACE) Cable otherwise known as the Fiber Optic Cable is expected to be launched today (December 19) in the Gambian Capital, Banjul, and by January 19, 2013 Liberia will join other countries to enjoy the fastest internet services.

The lunching of the cable is the first time in the West African region and is expected to enhance internet usage in Africa.

In an interview with this paper, a Senior Transmission Engineer at the Liberia Telecommunication Company (Libtelco), Mr. Linus Gedeo, said all member countries of the consortium, except the Republic Guinea, have completed the installation of the cable and are fully ready for its usage which begins on January 19, 2013.

He said the cable will be switched-on simultaneously next month in six of the seven countries including Senegal, The Gambai, Ghana, Sierra Leone Ivory Coast and Liberia.

He pointed out that Guinea encountered some setbacks during the country's political unrest and is likely that their switching-on time may be delayed.

According to Gedeo, the cable, when switched-on, internet users in Liberia will benefit faster, efficient and cheaper service. He said the new service will afford the public unlimited access to the World Wide Web, download and make video calls as well as rapid radio and television transmission etcetera.

He said the Liberia Cable Consortium, comprising the Government of Liberia, Cellcom, Lonestar Cell MTN and Libtelco, has fulfilled all obligations for the immediate distribution and utilization of the facility.

The Transmission Engineer said Lonestar Cell, Cellcom and Libtelco will begin the distribution of the service through their various networks.

Other companies and private individuals with bigger capacities can request connection when the service comes alive he said. He used the occasion to call on the general public to keep away from the cable. He said the cable consist of high voltage electricity that will kill anyone who comes in contact with it. "The fiber optic cable runs under the Atlantic Ocean from Europe to Africa well secured. All engineering measures have been put in place by Libtelco and there is no need to panic," Mr. Gedeo said.

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