"WACS!" sounds like the loud and satisfying sound when you smack! the ball just right, doesn't it?
So, for a second, imagine plugging a huge big internet cable into Europe's side with a loud WACK! sound. :-)
The West African Cable System (WACS) just announced that they are extending the existing undersea cable from Portugal to the UK while, at the same time, increasing the design capacity from 3.8 T/Bits per second to 5.2 T/Bits per second.
How fast is 5.2 T/bits per second? Well, fast enough to download more than 8 000 DVDs per minute. :-)
The second part of the cable (Portugal to UK) will be switched on early 2011, providing more bandwidth to South Africa in particular and the rest of Africa in general.
Faster, cheaper, more reliable internet.