PCCW Global has established a direct connection to the West Africa Cable System (WACS) at Kinshasa, providing the first ever direct international undersea cable access to the Democratic Republic of the Congo (DRC).
Direct connectivity will help international telecommunications operators and multinational enterprises to better connect with the DRC while enabling local operators and businesses to connect around the globe. This direct ultra-high capacity fibre connectivity will improve the reliability of telecommunications services within the country and also reduce international network latency.
WACS has 14 landing stations between the United Kingdom and South Africa and offers the first direct connectivity to Namibia, the Republic of the Congo, Togo and the DRC. Connectivity via WACS provides PCCW Global's customers with easy and direct access to the fast-growing markets of Africa and adds to the array of resilience maintained by PCCW Global on other existing African cable systems including SEACOM, EASSy, SAT-3, GLO-1 and TEAMS.
In addition to its new direct access option via WACS, PCCW Global has invested substantially in developing a mix of connectivity options for the DRC which include terrestrial cross-border fibre networks, access to subsea cable routes, as well as various satellite connectivity. The multiple routes provide the most reliable service to the DRC while also helping to provide international fibre connectivity to various African landlocked countries.
James Welch, PCCW Global’s Vice President, EEMEA, said, “We believe the mix of connectivity options we are delivering to the DRC will positively enhance the robustness of local telecommunications services and in turn help to drive economic development. Direct access to the world’s international telecommunications infrastructure via WACS means that the people and businesses of the DRC have access to the global Internet without compromising on speed or reliability.”
Last year, PCCW Global further expanded its footprint extension to Africa by acquiring and integrating Gateway Communications which has enhanced PCCW Global's capabilities in supporting the Asia-Africa trade corridor.