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The Africa Coast to Europe Project is inaugurated in Bata

posted 12/8/2012

During the ceremony, the Control Center of Fiber Optic Systems, with the acronym in Spanish GITGE (Telecommunications Infrastructure Manager of Equatorial Guinea) was also inaugurated which, on behalf of the Ministry of Transportation, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications, is responsible for the management, maintenance and marketing of the telecommunications infrastructures of the State.

The ceremony was attended by the Vice Prime Minister in charge of the Political Sector, Democracy and Minister of Internal Affairs and Local Corporations, Clemente Engonga Nguema Onguene, members of the Government, the Governor of Litoral, the Mayor of the city of Bata, regional delegates of different ministries, as well as from Guinea Ecuatorial de Telecomunicaciones [Equatorial Guinea Telecommunications Corporation] (GETESA), Guinea Ecuatorial de Comunicación Sociedad Anónima [Equatorial Guinea Communications Corporation] (GECOMSA), Hits and other companies of the sector participating with information booths on the projects they are executing.

The ceremony began with the reading of the technical report of the project, by the Director-General of GITGE, who gave a presentation on the advantages of using optical fiber, such as the multiplication of communication opportunities, and provided a brief technical description of the installed submarine cable. It is a 4-5 cm cable in diameter, with a length of 17,000 km and a speed of 5.12 Tb per second. It is divided into four segments, in which Equatorial Guinea occupies segment 3, connecting the cities of Abidjan (Ivory Coast), Accra (Ghana), Lagos (Nigeria), Bata (Equatorial Guinea) and Libreville (Gabon) and Santo Tome and Principe.

Moreover, a two-story building with aluminum siding was built, according to current requirements. The total cost of the project indicates the sum of 700 million U.S. dollars; Equatorial Guinea participates with 25 million U.S. dollars, funded entirely by the Government itself.

For his part, the Minister of Transportation, Technology, Postal Services and Telecommunications, Francisco Mba Olo Bahamonde, in his speech, emphasized that, for the use of the new broadband, certain rules of thumb should be implemented, such as: educating according to the culture, protecting people and their information; thinking beyond borders, not limiting access, etc.

To conclude the ceremony, the Prime Minister, Vicente Ehate Tomi, asked to hold a minute of silence for the sudden death of former Minister of Labor and Social Security, Miguel Abia Biteo Boricó. Then he continued his speech for and on the personal behalf of the H.E. President of the Republic, stating “that December 6 will be marked in letters of gold in this new era of telecommunications, with an ultramodern system for our beloved nation, because one cannot speak of development without electricity or reliable and secure communications“.

At another point in his speech, Ehate Tomi said that “with this inauguration, the program for Horizon 2020 development in the telecommunications sector is being complied with correctly. Therefore, the Government invites economic operators and government institutions to use these new communication infrastructures with guarantee.

Then, the inaugural ribbon was cut, opening the way to visit the booths of the resort’s facilities and the control center, where a high-definition video conference took place between the Prime Minister and our ambassadors in Spain and France.

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