Huawei Marine Networks, a Chinese firm responsible for deploying a optic-fiber submarine cable between the cities of Kribi (Cameroon) and Fortaleza, Brazil, has awarded the contract for the supply of this cable to the French company Nexans, The cable industry and ranked among the world leaders in the field, we learned from good sources.
The amount of the contract was not disclosed, but it was learned that this 6,000 km optic fiber submarine cable will be manufactured and tested at the Rognan plant in Nexans, Norway. Delivery is scheduled for the end of 2017.
This submarine cable will then be deployed until the last quarter of 2018 by Huawei Marine, a company to which the consortium formed by Cameroon telecom operator Camtel and China Unicom have entrusted this work estimated at about 270 billion CFA francs.
Called “South Atlantic Inter Link“, this optic-fiber cable will be the first to link Africa to the American continent. It will then become the 5th submarine cable to which Cameroon will be connected.
This comes after the SAT 3, deployed by the Cameroonian State; WACS, deployed by the local subsidiary of MTN International; ACE, currently being deployed by Orange Cameroon; And the NCNCS, deployed between Cameroon and Nigeria by the Main One consortium, as part of the development of a national broadband network by incumbent Camtel. The latter cable was also manufactured by the Frenchman Nexans.