wiredInUSA September 2018

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New routes for West Africa

SBSS’s new HP-1500 plow

SBSS’s new HP-1500 plow, an advanced subsea cable burial tool which can achieve up to3.3mtrenchdepthwhilst simultaneously laying cable, has completed mobilization on the SBSS vessel CS Fu Hai. The HP-1500 plow, manufactured by SMD, has two different configurations: 2.2m standard jetting share, and 3.3m extension boot jetting share. A newly designed buoyant umbilical enables the HP-1500 plow to bury cable with a jetting share up to 1,500m water depth. Equipped with powerful submersible water jetting packages, the HP-1500 plow will bury various types of cable, including telecommunication, power and umbilical cable, precisely and in a wide range of seabed conditions.

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Vodafone Wholesale, a subsidiary of Vodafone Ghana, has constructed a second fiber optic network link to connect Ghana to countries within the West African sub-region, including Burkina Faso, Niger, Mali, Cote d’Ivoire and Togo. A statement, issued in Accra, said: “The link, which is located at Dakola, a border town between Ghana and Burkina Faso, will provide reliable Internet services to operators andcorporate customers seeking to expand their services to the landlocked countries within West Africa.” The managing director of Vodafone Wholesale, Ms Angela Mensah-Poku, commented: “The latest project affirms our commitment to driving Ghana’s digital agenda. Customers now have the option to choose between the interconnection at Dakola and Cinkase to transport Internet services beyond Ghana. Additionally, customers currently on the Cinkase link can now fall on the Dakola link as backup in the event of any downtime.” The Dakola link is currently facilitating the World Bank-funded West Africa Regional Communications Infrastructure Project for the government and people of Burkina Faso.


wiredInUSA - September 2018

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