Telecom Namibia, NSN sculpting WACS works

1 Dec 2011

Telecom Namibia has chosen Nokia Siemens Networks (NSN) to provide it with a fibre-optic dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) transmission network, reportedly the first of its type to be deployed in the country. Telecompaper writes that NSN’s DWDM equipment will be deployed on the telco’s existing national fibre-optic route as well as on the optical ground wire (OPGW) routes of state-owned utility NamPower, and will be connected to the local landing station of the new international submarine cable West African Cable System (WACS). The project will increase Telecom Namibia’s transmission capacity up to a maximum 1.6Tbps. New 10Gbps and 40Gbps channels will provide low-latency services and improved international connectivity. TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database notes that the WACS system is Namibia’s first direct connection to global submarine systems, and the country’s incumbent PSTN operator took a 9% stake in the international cable venture in April 2009. Information on this and all other multi-national undersea cable networks is presented in TeleGeography’s free Submarine Cable Map resource (, which is built on data from TeleGeography’s Global Bandwidth Research Service.