SAT3 WASC, the cable that goes through West Africa

SAT3 WASC is one of the cables with which VueTel Italia has built networks and through which data services travel. It is a strategic infrastructure that travels along the entire West Africa coast, connecting it with Europe. 

SAT3 WASC, from Portugal to South Africa

It starts at Sesimbra in Portugal and finishes at Melkbosstrand in South Africa. And on the way, along more than 14,000 km, SAT3 WASC stops in 10 other places, in 9 different nations: Chipiona (Spain), Alta Vista (Canary Islands – Spain), Dakar (Senegal), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Lagos (Nigeria), Douala (Cameroon), Libreville (Gabon), Cacuaco (Angola). This geographic information helps in understanding the strategic importance of a fibre optic cable that runs vertically along the coast of the African continent – a promising telecommunications market – serving the entire western coast.

In the second half of 2014, SAT3 WASC was subjected to an upgrade, entrusted to Alcatel Lucent, to maintain its high standards. As a result of the restyling, its scope was increased to 920 Gigabits north of Ghana and 800 Gigabits south of Ghana.

The connection with SAFE

This infrastructure, which entered into service in April 2002, was a real turning point in Internet traffic between Europe and Africa. It was the first connection between the two continents. Moreover, SAT3 WASC was made even more important by its intersection with another digital “corridor”: the SAFE cable, which from South Africa travels to Asia, winding along 13,500 km. Thus, the SAT3 WASC SAFE complex, is capable of carrying data traffic from Europe to Malaysia. Considered in its entirety, this structure involves 36 different countries, and its implementation has cost more than 600 million dollars.

The Portuguese junction, where SAT3/WASC meets SeaMeWe3, is no less central, again travelling toward Asia but passing through the Mediterranean Sea.