Cheaper, fast internet on schedule for Africa next year

by oneafrikan on August 26, 2008

Good news if you’re in SA… ;-)
_ Cheaper, fast internet on schedule for Africa next year – South Africa – The Good News

The construction of a 15,000 km fibre optic undersea cable is on schedule and set to go live in June 2009 in time for the FIFA Confederations Cup.
Images by Gallo Images / The Seacom system will bring affordable bandwidth to East and Southern Africa by connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, and Tanzania with India and Egypt thereby linking the region with the international cable grid in Europe and South Asia.

According to Seacom, all marine and ecological impact studies have been completed by scuba diving scientists, giving the company the go-ahead for rolling out the undersea cable next month.

Some 10,000 km of cable has already been manufactured in the USA and Japan and Tyco Communications, the project contractors, will begin shipping terrestrial equipment this month.

Seacom President Brian Herlihy says, “We are very happy with the progress made over the past five months. Our manufacturing and deployment schedule is on target and we are confident that we will meet our delivery promises.”

The privately-funded operation is 77% African owned. It will complement communication carriers of Southern and East Africa by providing African retail carriers with equal and open access to inexpensive bandwidth which, at the moment, relies on expensive satellite connections.

Hat tip to Sean

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