Sparkle announced that it has signed an agreement with Telecom Namibia for provision of capacity services on the Equiano subsea cable connecting Portugal to South Africa, with the common objective of accelerating Namibia's digital transformation journey.

In an exclusive agreement, Sparkle will provide Telecom Namibia with capacity services on the Equiano submarine cable, ensuring Telecom Namibia to deliver a diversified, low latency route between Africa and Europe, supporting Namibia's digital development and the growing demand for data from neighboring countries.

Telecom Namibia is wholly owned by the Government of the Republic of Namibia, runs the largest digital telecommunication network in the country, serving more than 619,000 customers with a wide portfolio that includes voice, text, data, and video solutions.

This partnership offers a diversified, high-capacity route for data transmission, reducing latency and enhancing network resilience, thus ensuring uninterrupted service continuity also in the event of outages on the SAT-3 and WACS cables. The resulting high-speed connectivity will empower businesses and government institutions to accelerate digital transformation initiatives, fostering economic growth and propelling Namibia towards a knowledge-based economy.

In addition to the Equiano cable, the West Africa Cable System (WACS) is the only one international subsea cable landing in Namibia, with Telecom Namibia as the landing party in Namibia. Telecom Namibia connected Namibia by terrestrial fibre optic cables to Angola, Zambia, Botswana and South Africa. Notably, Telecom Namibia has linked the land-locked countries of Zambia and Botswana to the West Africa Cable System (WACS). Besides, Telecom Namibia is also a shareholder in the SAT-3 submarine cable. But the SAT-3 doesn't have a landing point in Namibia. It lands in Angola and South Africa, neighboring to Namibia. 

Telecom Namibia partnered with Paratus to land the Equiano subsea cable in Namibia, while Paratus is the landing party. 

Sparkle has acquired fiber pairs on Google's Equiano cable systems and expanded its network footprint to South Africa with the opening of two new Points of Presence (PoPs) in Cape Town and Johannesburg

In addition to the collaboration on the Equiano cable system, Sparkle has built the BlueMed cable system connecting countries in the Mediterranean region. The BlueMed shares fiber pairs with Google's Blue-Raman cable system connecting Asia and Europe.  

Prior to provide Telecom Namibia capacity on the Equiano cable system, Sparkle signed an agreement with the UAE-based Kush Investments firm for the provision of virtual fibers on the Equiano submarine cable connecting South Africa, Nigeria, and Portugal.