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  • 1. MTN Ghana WACS & MTN Group’s Investment in Submarine Cable Systems to offer Broadband and International Connectivity Eben Albertyn CTO, MTN Ghana 28 August 2009 Draft 1 – January 004
  • 2. Agenda • WACS Submarine Cable • System Configuration • Supply Contract • Route Plan and Landings • Fibre Pair Configuration • Powering of the System • Advantages of the 4 Fibre Pairs • Critical Project Milestones • List of Landing Parties • MTN Group investment in Cable Systems © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 3. WACS System configuration LONDON • 5.12 Tbit system United Kingdom • C&MA and Supply Portugal Agreement signature April 2009 Canary Islands • RFS date: 2Q 2011 • MTN requested to Cape Verde Ghana Nigeria operate landing stations in: Cameroon Ivory Coast Togo – Ghana Congo DRC – Côte d’Ivoire Angola – Nigeria – Cameroon – Assistance to Congo Namibia South Africa © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 4. Supply Contract Details • Estimated Timeline: – Supply contracts signed 08 April 2009 – Supply Contract In Force 25 May 2009 – Provisional Acceptance May 2011 – Ready For Commercial Service June 2011 • Constraints to the Plan of Work: – Permitting – Cable Station Availability – Cable & Equipment Manufacturing and Assembly © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 5. WACS Route Plan and Landings London United Kingdom Total length: 14,530km (SA – Portugal) Portugal Canary Islands Cape Verde Nigeria Cameroon Congo Ivory Coast Togo DRC Ghana Angola Namibia South Africa © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 6. 4 Fibre Pair Configuration South Africa Portugal Namibia Angola DRC Congo Cameroon Nigeria Togo Ghana Ivory C Cape V Canary I Express (128 wl – 1.28 Tbit/s) Semi-Express 1 (128 wl – 1.28 Tbit/s) Semi-Express 2 (128 wl – 1.28 Tbit/s) Omnibus (160 wl – 1.6 Tbit/s, effectively 128 wl – 1.28 Tbit/s) Initial capacity: 400 – 500 Gbit/s Design capacity: 5.12 Tbit/s © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 7. Powering of the System Un-powered cable section BU1 BU2 BU3 BU5 BU6 BU8 BU9 BU10 BU11 PFE PFE 12KV 12KV South Africa BU7 Portugal PFE PFE 3KV 3KV Angola Cape Verde PFE PFE 12KV 12KV Nigeria Ghana © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 8. Advantages of 4 fibre pair configuration • Capacity of the system is enhanced • Low cost to upgrade • Enable direct access • Restoration of Traffic • Improve resilience (intermediate landing stations have access to different fibre pairs) • Improve latency • Better flexibility – with upgrades (more focused based on market) – Reduce bottle-necks and therefore reduced congestion – More routing options – Better interconnect with other cables © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 9. Critical Project Milestones • Application of system license or Landing Party License if such license is necessary • Confirmation of landing site with Alcatel • Landing station land acquisition • Landing station construction permit • Landing station readiness in 2Q – 3Q 2010 © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 10. List of Landing Point Parties Country Landing Party South Africa Telkom Namibia Telecom Namibia Angola Angola Telecom & Angola Cables DRC Vodacom Congo Sotelco Cameroon MTN Nigeria MTN Togo Togo Telecom Ghana MTN Ivory Coast MTN Cape Verde Cape Verde Telecom & PTC Canary Islands Vodafone Spain Portugal Tata Communications UK Tata Communications UK POP C&W Operation of Landing Station subject to all required local regulations and approvals © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 11. Agenda • WACS Submarine Cable • System Configuration • Supply Contract • Route Plan and Landings • Fibre Pair Configuration • Powering of the System • Advantages of the 4 Fibre Pairs • Critical Project Milestones • List of Landing Parties • MTN Group investment in Cable Systems © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 12. MTN Group Invested in 4 Submarine Cable Systems (SAT-3/SAFE; EASSy; EIG & WACS) EIG MTN network • Ready 2Q2010 cross-connect • 2.88Tbit/s capacity points between • MTN has approx 8% submarine cables and PoP locations TEAMs • Ready Sept.2009 • 2.88Tbit/s capacity • MTN has approx 8% EASSy • Ready 2Q2010 (post-FIFA) • 1.4Tbit/s capacity system • MTN has approx. 16% WACS • Ready 2Q2011 • 5.12Tbit/s capacity SAT-3-SAFE • Operational (max 320 Gbit/s) • 500 Gbit/s initial capacity • MTN purchased 10m MIU/km (approx 10Gbit/s) • MTN has approx 12% • IRU capacity (indirect) ownership on SAT-3/SAFE • Direct ownership in EASSy, EIG & WACS with x5 MTN Opcos to operate Cable Landing Stations • Multiple cross-connect points btw systems to create “Y’ello Africa Fiber Ring” © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 13. Agenda • WACS Submarine Cable • System Configuration • Supply Contract • Route Plan and Landings • Fibre Pair Configuration • Powering of the System • Advantages of the 4 Fibre Pairs • Critical Project Milestones • List of Landing Parties • MTN Group investment in Cable Systems • Overview of Cable Investments © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 14. Overview of MTN’s Submarine Cable Investments EASSy EIG SAT-3/ SAFE WACS East Africa Submarine Cable System Name Europe India Gateway SAT-3/ SAFE/ WASC West Africa Cable System System SA (Mtunzini) - Madagascar/ Portugal- West Africa – SA (Melkbos Configuration London - Egypt - UAE - India UK - West Africa - SA (Yzerfontein) Moroni - East Africa - Sudan and Mtunzini) - India – Malaysia Portugal, Senegal, Cote d'Ivoire, South Africa, Namibia, Angola, DRC, SA, Mozambique, Madagascar, UK, Portugal, Gibraltar, Morocco, Ghana, Benin, Nigeria, Cameroon, Congo-B, Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo, Ghana, Landings Moroni, Tanzania, Kenya, France, Egypt, Djibouti, Saudi Gabon, Angola, South Africa, Reunion, Cote d'Ivoire, Cape Verde, Canary Islands, Somalia, Djibouti & Sudan Arabia, Oman, UAE, India Mauritius, India, Malaysia Portugal, UK Total System approx $260m approx $600m n/a approx $600m Cost System Capacity 1.38 Tb/s 2.88 Tb/s n/a 5.12 Tb/s (design) Initial Capacity 30 Gb 317 Gb n/a up to 11% Ready Date mid-2010 2H 2010 Operational 2H 2011 MTN's $40.3m $50m >$10m $90m, Plus the build of 5 Cable Stations Investment MTN's Initial 50 Gb 5.2 Gb avg 1.5 Gb (half-circuit) 70 Gb Capacity (available btw London and Djibouti) MTN's Design 200 Gb 205 Gb n/a 587 Gb Capacity MTN Regions SEA Region SEA & MENA Regions WECA & SEA Regions SEA & WECA & MENA Regions Serviced by cable MTN Landings on Cameroon, Nigeria, Ghana, Cote d'Ivoire none none n/a the System and Congo-B (via JV with SOTELCO) MTN Leadership Chair Management Committee Co-Chair Several Committees n/a Co-chair Several Committees Roles © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 15. Thank You Any Questions? © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 16. Open Access • Open Access policy applicable in each of the landing countries ensures that any of the Operator Investors can trade to any and all appropriately licensed vendors, allowed to procure such International capacity, in each of the countries where the cable lands. • Open Access on Backhaul providers through non-discriminating co- locations to allow domestic operators unfettered access to the cable stations. This is achieved by ensuring no access restriction is applied to any appropriately licensed domestic operator, in a landing country, from accessing the system through the landing station, operated by the WACS landing party or its representative, in order to gain access to its capacity purchased from any WACS party. • No prescriptions or dictate on pricing of the capacity to be sold in markets. Market pricing is left to commercial market driver and is subject to open competition (inherently enshrined and encouraged in the system) as well as against alternative market capacity providers © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.
  • 17. WACS Parties ownership Angola Telecom C&W Infraco 3.3% 10.3% 3.3% 11.8% MTN 11.8% PTC 9.8% Tata Telecommunications 9.8% 11.8% Telecom Namibia 9.8% 6.5% 11.8% Telkom Vodacom Togo Telecom Sotelco • Initial South African participation is 43.7% • As cable expansions take place this will reduce to less than 35% © 2008 Mobile Telephone Networks. All rights reserved.