Equatorial Guinea Expands Telecommunications Development

Dec 06, 2012, 17:29 ET from Republic of Equatorial Guinea

Government participates in international telecommunications project reaching from Africa Coast to Europe

MALABO, Equatorial Guinea, Dec. 6, 2012 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Government of Equatorial Guinea will expand its broadband connectivity by participating in the implementation of the international Africa Coast to Europe Project (ACE), a fiber optic cable that will connect 21 countries from South Africa to France.

Equatorial Guinea's economic capital, Bata, will serve as one of the cable's key connection points. The Ministry of Transportation, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications will officially oversee the implementation of the control center for the cable, which will be effective by December 6, 2013.

The control center in Equatorial Guinea will be located at the site of the public Telecommunication Infrastructures Manager of Equatorial Guinea (GITGE), the country's first telecommunications infrastructure company, which was launched in July 2012.

"Equatorial Guinea is working to expand its broadband connectivity," said Carmelo Martin Modu, Secretary of State for Technology and Telecommunications. "We believe that through our participation in the ASE project, we will continue to reduce the digital divide that exists in our country and improve our communications' quality and reach."

Through projects such as ASE and CITGE, Equatorial Guinea has worked to advance their telecommunications infrastructure as an overall effort to promote socioeconomic development throughout the nation and reach the Horizon 2020 development goals.

About Equatorial Guinea

The Republic of Equatorial Guinea (Republica de Guinea Ecuatorial) is the only Spanish-speaking country in Africa, and one of the smallest nations on the continent. In the late-1990s, American companies helped discover the country's oil and natural gas resources, which only within the last five years began contributing to the global energy supply. Equatorial Guinea is now working to serve as a pillar of stability and security in its region of West Central Africa. The country hosted the 2011 Summit of the African Union. For more information, visit http://www.guineaecuatorialpress.com.

SOURCE Republic of Equatorial Guinea