Sierra Leone’s connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable will go live in October this year, according to a report from local newspaper Concord Times. Julius Kamara, project coordinator in Sierra Leone for the West Africa Regional Communication Programme, told the newspaper that the World Bank has provided the government with financing to ensure that the project is completed on time. The cable was landed in Sierra Leone’s capital Freetown in October last year.
When complete, the 17,000km fibre-optic system will run along West Africa with connections to France and South Africa, connecting 23 countries. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the commercial launch of ACE will enable Sierra Leone to receive its first fibre-optic connection to the outside world, providing more than 40 times the current 155Mbps of bandwidth available in the country.