Gambia to connect second submarine cable by 2025

22 September 2023

The Gambia will connect to its second international fibre optic submarine cable by 2025, according to Ousman A. Bah, minister of communication and digital economy.

“Due to the importance of financing, we partnered with Guinea Conakry to make the project less expensive. The submarine cable will therefore leave Cape Verde and arrive directly in Gambia,” said Bah.

The government revealed its intention to connect the Gambia to a second submarine cable to strengthen the national broadband telecoms infrastructure in January 2022. The country has been connected to the ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) cable since 2012, on which it essentially depends for high-speed Internet services. Failures that frequently occur on this infrastructure cause disruption of services in the country.