The Vice President, Alhaji Sam Sumana and the Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji Ibrahim Kargbo on Wednesday 29th June, visited the Fiber Optic Cable Landing Station at Lumley Beach.
Sierra Leone’s landing station is one of the biggest in the West Africa region.
The Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) Submarine Cable connectivity will become a key driver of Africa’s social and economic growth.
The ACE Submarine Communications Cable is a planned cable system along the West Coast of Africa with connection between France and South Africa.
The ACE Submarine Cable will offer the West African Coastal region excellent connectivity to telecommunications networks in Europe, the Americas and Asia.
Countries that do benefit from ACE include: France, Spain, Portugal, Morocco, Canary Islands (Spain), Western Sahara, Mauritania, Senegal, Gambia, Guinea-Bissau, Guinea, Sierra Leone, Liberia, Côte d’Ivoire, Ghana, Togo, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Sao Tome and Principe, Equatorial Guinea, Gabon, Congo, Angola, Namibia, and South Africa.
ACE provides more benefits for countries that are expected to gain connection from it.
For countries like Liberia, Guinea and Sierra Leone, which do not currently have any cable landing or access to a submarine cable, ACE will provide a direct access to broad band connectivity. ACE’s impact on the economies of these countries will be significant, as a direct access to broad band by those countries connected will set the foundation for their digital revolution.
Wickus Breytenbach, Country Manager for Likusasa, a South African Company undertaking the construction, explained that general construction work is expected to end by August 31, 2011.
He added that the construction of the station will be done according to the specifications.
Breytenbach reiterated that they have technical capacity, equipment and manpower to do the work, but stated that their challenge is the rain.
Vice President Sam Sumana expressed satisfaction over the work done so far, but worried about the quality of the foundation of the building. His fear was allayed by the Country Manager who assured that the foundation will be of good quality. The Minister of Information and Communication, Alhaji I.B.Kargbo, also expressed satisfaction with the work even though the rain was hampering their work.
He disclosed that regular visits will be made to the site to ensure that the work is done within its stipulated time.
Kargbo attributed the progress made at the site to the commitment of his staff at the Ministry.
By Abibatu Kamara