Communication between two neighbouring African countries, Nigeria and Cameroon, is set to receive a boost thanks to Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. (Huawei Marine), a global submarine network provider, which has commenced marine installation of the Nigeria-Cameroon Submarine Cable System (NCSCS).
The company, a subsidiary of Huawei Technologies, the world’s largest manufacturer of telecommunications equipment, in announcing the commencement of the project August 4, stated that the NCSCS “is Cameroon’s first wholly-owned submarine cable with investment provided by the Cameroon Government.”
Spanning approximately 1,100 kilometres, the NCSCS will directly link Kribi in Cameroon with Lagos in Nigeria, delivering 12.8 Terabytes per second of capacity to broadband users in both countries by the end of 2015.
Presiding over the installation ceremony, Cameroon’s Minister of Posts and Telecommunications, Mr. Jean-Pierre Biyiti bi Essam, said:
“The Government of Cameroon has embarked on putting in place the necessary facilities to boost the demand and supply of services in quality, in quantity and at affordable prices, as well as to increase telecommunications universal access and universal service”.
The installation of the NCSCS further demonstrates “the willingness of the Government to implement a true broadband infrastructure development policy throughout Cameroon’s national territory”, the Minister added.
The NCSCS system forms part of Cameroon’s broader strategic plan for building a National Broadband Network. The implementation of this submarine cable system will significantly enhance the development of e-government, e-trade, e-education and e-health programs and boost the economic and commercial development of Cameroon.
Mr. David Nkoto Emane, General Manager, Cameroon Telecommunications Corporation (CAMTEL), said, “The NCSCS system will provide new opportunities and further the development of our network in both domestic and international markets. The NCSCS system enables us to provide users with faster bandwidth connectivity at a significantly lower cost. By providing direct connection to Nigeria, the cable system will also serve to enhance Cameroon’s position as the major bandwidth hub in the region and internationally to Europe and beyond.”
Utilising Huawei Marine’s industry leading Wavelength Division Multiplex (WDM) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) technologies, the NCSCS also incorporates the world’s first titanium-cased six-fiber pair repeater.
Huawei Marine’s second generation RPT 1660 represents a substantial advancement in innovation as it is not only the smallest repeater but also 40% lighter than any other optical amplifier. The slim-line titanium casing supports enhanced burial capability through simultaneous lay and burial beneath the seabed which reduces both marine installation costs and associated system risk.
Mr. Mike Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Marine, said, “We are proud to have achieved this important milestone and excited to be entering into the marine installation phase of this landmark project that will bring all-important connectivity to Cameroon and the region.
“Huawei Marine is leading the industry in delivering innovative products. This project represents the culmination of years of research and development and a rigorous qualification regime associated with our second-generation repeater which enhances our network solutions to the ultimate benefit of our customers.”