Namibia’s state-owned telecoms company has joined a multinational consortium to fund a US$600 million undersea fibre optic cable to link countries in southern and western Africa with Europe. Landing points for the cable are planned in Namibia, South Africa, Angola, Democratic Republic of Congo (DRC), Cameroon, Nigeria, Togo and other West African states. It will also extend to Cape Verde, the Canary Islands, Portugal and the UK. The landings in Namibia, DRC and Togo will provide the first direct connections for these countries to the global submarine cable network.