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Derrick
04-17-2012, 12:23 PM
SAT-3/WASC or South Atlantic 3/West Africa Submarine Cable is a submarine communications cable linking Portugal and Spain to South Africa, with connections to several West African countries along the route. It forms part of the SAT-3/WASC/SAFE cable system, where the SAFE cable links South Africa to Asia.

The SAT-3/WASC/SAFE system provides a path between Asia and Europe for telecommunications traffic that is an alternative to the cable routes that pass through the Middle East, such as SEA-ME-WE 3 and FLAG. SAT-3 has a capacity of 340 Gbit/s while SAFE has a capacity of 440 Gbit/s. The SAT-3 system together with SAFE was built by a consortium of operators. As of 2006, major investors included Telkom Group (about 13%), France Telecom (12.08%), Nitel (8.39%); TCI, a subsidiary of AT&T (12.42%) and VSNL (8.93%).

Source: Wikipedia (http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/SAT-3/WASC)

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