ACE (cable system)

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African Coast to Europe (ACE)
Cable type Submarine communications cable
Fate in service
First traffic December 15, 2012
Design capacity 5.12 Tbit/s
Area served West African coast

The ACE (African Coast to Europe) submarine communications cable is a cable system along the west coast of Africa between France and South Africa managed by a consortium of 19 operators & administrations headed by Orange. The consortium agreement was signed on June 5, 2010. The cable was manufactured by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) and was laid by ships from ASN and France Telecom Marine.

The first phase of the 17,000 km-long fiber optic cable was put in service on December 15, 2012, with an official inauguration ceremony held on December 19, 2012 in Banjul, The Gambia.

The ACE Cable will eventually connect 23 countries, either directly for coastal countries or through land links for landlocked countries, like Mali and Niger.

ACE is the first international submarine cable to land in Equatorial Guinea, The Gambia, Guinea, Liberia, Mauritania, Sao Tome and Principe and Sierra Leone.

ACE consortium[edit]

Celebrants touch lead buoy during cable landing.
ACE cable landing in Monrovia on November 3, 2011

The current members of the consortium are:

Agreements are in place for the later entry of other operators or administrations along the cable route.


The ACE system uses wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology, which is currently the most advanced for submarine cables. With WDM, cable capacity can be increased without additional submarine work. With an overall potential capacity of 5.12 Tbit/s, the system will support the 40 Gbit/s technology from its launch.

Landing points[edit]

The ACE cable is orange

The cable landing points are planned to be in the following countries and territories:[1]

Besides the above landing points, connectivity is extended to landlocked countries Mali and Niger via land links.

See also[edit]

List of international submarine communications cables

Individual cable systems off the west coast of Africa include: