The Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) is a public-private partnership formed in 2010 to own and operate Liberia'scable landing point for the ACE cable system. Stakeholders in the project include the Government of Liberia (60%),Libtelco (20%), Lonestar Cell (10%), and Cellcom (10%).
CCL signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement for the ACE system on 5 June 2010. The CCL's share of the US$700 million project is $25 million. The World Bank provided an initial US$5 million grant to finance half of the Government of Liberia's stake in the project. The cable will be the first fiber optic telecommunications cable to land in Liberia, which had not previously collaborated in other African cable projects due to its 14-year civil strife.
The cable landed in Monrovia on 3 November 2011, with the terminal station expected to be completed by December 2011. However, the cable will not become operational until the entire ACE system is completed, projected for Q2 2012. Once completed, maintenance of the top-level domain for Liberia, currently maintained in the United States, is expected to be relocated to Liberia.
The Cable Consortium of Liberia (CCL) is a public-private venture that was created by several stakeholders in an afford to bring the first high speed fiber optic submarine cable to Liberia. These stakeholders include the Government of Liberia (GOL), LIBTELCO, Lone Star Communications and Cellcom. CCL is part of an overall submarine cable system called ACE.
The ACE (Africa Coast to Europe) submarine cable system will stretch from France to South Africa connecting all countries along the West coast of Africa, from Morocco to South Africa. This new cable will provide broadband interconnection to the global telecommunications network to more than twenty-five countries in Africa and Western Europe.
The branches of the Atlantic Coast of Eupore and Africa that are a part of the ACE configuration include:
Pemar'ch (France), Lisbon (Portugal), Tenerife (Canary Islands), Nouakchott (Mauritania), Dakar (Senegal), Banjul (Gambia), Conakry (Guinea), Freetown (Sierra Leone), Monrovia (Liberia), Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Cotonou (Benin), Lagos (Nigeria), Kribi (Cameroon), Bata (Equatorial Guinea), Libreville (Gabon) and Santana (Sao Tome).
The ACE submarine cable system, which will be 17,000 km long, will be operational in the first half of 2012. It will benefit from the state-of-the-art submarine cable technology and will benefit from a minimum capacity of 1.92Tbit/s capable of supplying the network connectivity required to meet the needs of many countries and secure international traffic.
ACE will complement existing submarine cables (SAT-3/WASC/SAFE, SEA-ME-WE.3, ATLANTIS 2, etc.) and will offer the West African coastal region excellent connectivity to telecommunications networks in Europe, America and Asia.
- Type of Organisation / Business:
- Public Company
- Key People:
- Angelique Weeks - Regulator
- Nathaniel Kevin - Lonestar
- Ben Wolo - Libtelco
- Ciata Victor - Libtelco
- William Saamoi - Cellcom
- Other info:
- Hon. Angelique Weeks Regulator Liberia Telecommunication Authority - Tel: +231-273-020-12
- B. Anthony McCritty, Sr. Interim Chairman - CCL GOL, Ministry of Finance - Tel:: +231-6-538-023
- Nathaniel Kevin Director - CCL Lone Star Corporation - Tel: +231-6-501-211
- Ben Wolo Director - CCL LIBTELCO - Tel: +231-2-555-1050
- Ciata Victor Director - CCL LIBTELCO - Tel: +231-660-5933
- William Saamoi Director - CCL Cellcom - Tel: +231-77-777-002