Huawei Marine Networks Co. Ltd. (Huawei Marine), a global submarine cable networks provider and Joint Venture Partner of Global Marine Systems Limited, today announced that it has been awarded a contract by the government of the Republic of Equatorial Guinea to build the Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System expected to be ready for service in the fourth quarter of 2015.
Utilizing Huawei Marine’s leading-edge Wavelength Division Multiplex (WDM) and Optical Transport Network (OTN) technologies, the 290 km system will feature a design capacity of 8 Tbps and link the capital of Malabo to Bata, the country’s economic hub with a branching unit towards Kribi, Cameroon. Once completed, the system will enable Equatorial Guinea to connect to larger submarine cable systems including WACS, SAT-3, and Main One via Kribi, eventually providing access to a vast European network. It will also provide restoration or redundancy routes for existing traffic on Ceiba-1, the direct link between Malabo and Bata, and the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) submarine cable branch to Bata.
Mr. Olo Bahamonde, Minister of Equatorial Guinea’s Ministry of Transport, Post and Telecommunications, said, “The development of a robust telecommunications infrastructure is vital to the future of Equatorial Guinea. We are pleased to work with Huawei Marine to implement the Ceiba-2 Submarine Cable System which will substantially boost the economic and commercial development of the country.”
Mr. Mike Constable, Chief Executive Officer, Huawei Marine Networks, commented, “It is our privilege to support the government of Equatorial Guinea by enhancing their international connectivity though the latest high-speed submarine cable infrastructure. Huawei Marine’s leading-edge solutions continue to be the preferred choice of governments, carriers and private sector partners providing critical telecommunications solutions and value to regions around the world. ”