NatCom Development and Investment Limited, trading as ntel, Nigeria’s broadband LTE network, has announced the successful repair and return to service of its SAT-3 submarine cable.
SAT-3/WASC/SAFE or South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable is the longest submarine communications cable in the world with 17 landing points linking Portugal and Europe to South Africa, with connections to several West African countries along the route. It forms part of the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE cable system, where the SAFE cable links South Africa to Asia.
The SAT-3/WASC/SAFE system provides a path between Europe and Asia for telecommunications traffic that is an alternative to the cable routes that pass through the Middle East.
The Chief Executive Officer of ntel, Kamar Abass, said SAT-3 provided access to global markets and enabled “seamless and diverse” connectivity to the rest of the world.
He said, “The repair of SAT-3 is fantastic news for data-hungry consumers and corporate in need of superfast and abundant broadband carried over a robust fibre network with significant capacity and low latency.
“SAT-3’s 17 landing points and intermediate branches in-country and abroad provide for connections all the way to the FarEast, thanks to our alliance with SAFE.”
Acording to Abass, potential customers of SAT-3 include Nigeria’s Global System for Mobile communication and LTE operators, Internet Service Providers, major international companies, Private Telecom Operators, Content/Hosting Operators, Infomedics/Infomatics Operators, the judiciary (for the execution of real-time on-line matters), banks and the military as well as airline operators.
“SAT-3’s repair also included the cable’s physical diversion away from shipping lanes in the approach to the Port of Lagos. In the past, the dropping (and dragging) of anchors by such traffic had been associated with disruptions to the cable.
“With the repaired system’s activation, the system’s Upgrade IV will also be implemented. This boosts its throughput capacity from 420Gbps to 920Gbps in the northern segments and from 340Gbps to 800Gbps in the southern segments,” the ntel CEO said.
“SAT-3 Nigeria is now positioned to better address Nigeria’s need for super-fast internet connectivity, data-hungry applications, high-quality video-on-demand and increasing social media usage, thus enhancing customer experience.
“Today, submarine cable systems carry more than 98 per cent of all overseas voice, data and video traffic,” he said.
“The return of SAT-3 is significant in many respects. First launched in 2001, it was the precursor for Internet access between Europe and West Africa and it took off where SAT-2 left off as it reached full capacity.
“SAT-2 was brought into service in the early 1990s as a replacement for the original undersea cable SAT-1 that was constructed in the 1960s,” he added.