The undersea cable environment around the African continent continues to evolve.  Proposed cables appear, disappear, merge.  A testament to the competitive environment.  In this latest update, I have added the MaIN OnE cable which appears to be making progress.  Thanks to Abi Jagun for finding their real website.

Sub-saharan Undersea Cables in 2010 - maybe (version 7)

In the meantime Infraco AWCC, SAT4, and UhuruNet have all morphed into the West Africa Cable System (WACS).  Thus WACS is now a “cartel” consisting of Telkom, Vodacom, MTN, Neotel, and Infraco, with UhuruNet squeezed in there as well, if only so that the South African Department of Communications should not look like complete idiots.  As if that would save them.

As before, you can download a version in SVG format so that you can edit the map yourself. Right click on the link and choose Save As otherwise your clever browser may try to render the image.

Next I may try to do an investment map to look at who will own all this bandwidth.

Note: the most up-to-date version of this map can be found at


Posted by Steve Song

@stevesong local telco policy activist. social entrepreneur. founder of @villagetelco #africa #telecoms #opensource #privacy #wireless #spectrum #data