The now-live Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable is interconnecting at three of Teraco’s data centres across South Africa, expanding access to broadband connectivity and digital services in Africa.
The 17 000 km cable, the eighth to connect to Teraco, stretches along the west coast of Africa, landing in 19 countries before being backhauled by landing partner MTN South Africa into Teraco’s data centre facilities.
ACE is the eighth submarine cable system to connect at Teraco, highlighting its position as the leading hyper-connected digital hub on the African continent. Data centre service providers are also expecting an increase in data traffic as a result of more submarine communications cables coming to Africa.
Michele McCann, Head of Interconnection and Peering, Teraco, says South Africa is a critical hub for access to digital services in the region: “Our position as the interconnection hub in Africa allows us to address the increasing demands for global data transit. Users of ACE now have direct access to Teraco’s ecosystem of over 350 networks, 130 IT service providers, 50 global content providers, and the key global cloud providers via their cloud onramps located in Teraco.”
McCann pointed out that there is a shift to a more interconnected offering, making Teraco’s African Cloud Exchange vital as it links enterprise systems and data with networks, cloud providers, platforms, and cable systems.