Turnkey submarine-network solutions provider HMN Tech has completed the marine installation of the Senegal Horn of Africa Regional Express (SHARE) subsea cable system, which will connect Dakar in Senegal to Praia in Cape Verde, improving the international export bandwidth of West Africa.
Funded by the government of Senegal, the SHARE subsea cable system will serve to introduce a modernized international bandwidth route to West Africa, connecting Senegal’s capital city of Dakar to the island country of Cape Verde, located offshore the west coast of Africa by Q1, 2022.
The marine installation of the 720km subsea cable system – with a design capacity of 16 Terabytes per second –will be operated by the State IT Agency for Senegal (ADIE). The marine installation is a key step towards achieving the Q1 target.
ADIE CEO, Cheikh Bakhoum outlined that, “SHARE Cable [is the] first submarine optical cable totally owned by the Senegalese State and offers a great strategic opportunity to Senegal and the West African region to have more internet capacity and better resilience.”
Future branch units – equipment that allows the cable to serve multiple destinations – will allow the SHARE subsea cable system the potential for future connectivity developments to other nations in the Economic Community of West African States.
Executive Vice President of HMN Tech, Ma Yanfeng, commented that, “(HMN Tech is) pleased to achieve completion of marine installation activities which, in these challenging pandemic times, is a testament to the deep working relationships with all our partners and ADIE. The SHARE cable will boost the region’s digital economy and facilitate the development of Smart Senegal,” concluding that, “HMN Tech remains committed to developing reliable innovative technology that promotes industry evolution and accelerates the world’s digital transformation.”
The SHARE cable system, supplied by submarine telecommunications cable subsidiary, Huawei Marine, is scheduled for completion in Q1 2022, and will rely on existing international cable infrastructure from Cape Verde to Europe, South America, and other regions, thereby introducing a new bandwidth route to Africa and accelerating the West African region’s digital economy development.
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