"ACE is a consortium of telecom operators from Africa and Europe under the initiative and leadership of France Telecom. The Consortium has recently launch segments one, two and three
of the ACE submarine cable for commercial service on 19th December, 2012, following the ready for provisional approval on 15th October, 2012. These segments being the first phase stretched from France to Sao Tome connecting 14 coastal countries and two landlocked countries, namely, Mali and Niger.
The second phase, which will complete the 17,000 km cable distance to South Africa, is now launched by ACE for potential investment. This plans to provide landing stations in Democratic Republic of Congo, Angola and Namibia with the desire to further connect landlocked countries along the way. In the end, 23 countries will be connected to the ACE submarine system. The ACE system has a design capacity of 5.12 Tbps and supported by the new 40 Gbps wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technology that would accommodate tomorrow's ultra-broadband networks.
The ACE submarine system has positioned itself as a key driver of Africa’s social and economic growth. The 17 members of the ACE Consortium are Cable Consortium of Liberia, , Cote d'Ivoire Telecom, Expresso Telecom Group, France Telecom, Gambia Submarine Cable Company, GUILAB, International Mauritania Telecom, Orange Cameroun, Orange Guinee, Orange Mali, Orange Niger, PT Comunicacoes, Republic of Equatorial Guinea, Republic of Gabon, Sierra Leone Cable Company, Sonatel and STP CABO ". The consortium is on the verge of welcoming new members for the Tenerife and Benin branches.