According to a Concord Times report, Sierra Leone will receive a USD15 million from China in order to complete its connection to the Africa Coast to Europe (ACE) cable system project. The funds top up an earlier USD31 million line of credit to Sierra Leone from the World Bank. When complete, the 17,000km fibre-optic system will run along West Africa with connections to France and South Africa, connecting 23 countries. According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms Database, the commercial launch of ACE will enable Sierra Leone to receive its first fibre-optic connection to the outside world, providing more than 40 times the current 155Mbps of bandwidth available in the country.
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