Huawei Marine has completed the West Africa Cable System (WACS) Upgrade II.
The project was signed a year ago before being put into commercial use last October.
The upgrade realised 32*100G wavelengths configured on the longest optically amplified single fibre span stretching 11,500km from South Africa to Portugal.
As the longest 100G submarine cable system in Africa, WACS has two network operation centres and 15 landing points in 14 countries spanning West Africa and Europe. At the contract signing ceremony, the WACS consortium recognised Huawei’s achievements in delivering WACS Upgrade I and looked forward to the successful delivery of WACS Upgrade II.
New technologies and high integration design concepts were adopted in WACS Upgrade II through the use of Flex Grid and Optical pass-through technologies to meet the high-capacity demands. Optical pass-through transmission optimises the performance limit and minimises the system cost. Demonstrating multi-country end-to-end delivery capabilities, Huawei Marine has set an industry benchmark for the world’s longest 100G system by successfully completing this upgrade.
Ma Yanfeng, Vice President of Huawei Marine said: “The WACS Consortium selected Huawei Marine to expand the system’s capacity and looking once again to Huawei Marine verified our product solution capabilities, quality, and process improvement capabilities. We will continue to accumulate experience from the project and strive to improve connections between Africa and the world.”