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Cable makes big promises for African Internet

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Cable makes big promises for African Internet

An undersea cable plugging east Africa into high speed Internet access went live Thursday, providing an alternative to expensive satellite connections. SEACOM, the cable provider company, opened its 17,000 kilometer submarine cable, capable of 1.28 terabytes per second, allowing the region true connectivity.

Most Africans rely on expensive and slow satellite connections, which make the use of applications such as YouTube and Facebook extremely trying. “This is going to reduce the cost of doing business in Africa, within Africa and with international parties” said Suveer Ramdhani, SEACOM spokesman in South Africa.

“The cable is as thin as a hair strand, and in one second it can download the same amount of data that 160 people use in a month.” SEACOM, privately funded and 75 percent African owned, will provide retail carriers with open source access to inexpensive bandwidth.

It has taken less than three years to complete the mammoth project, providing landing stations at South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar and other points along the east coast of Africa.

But telecoms analyst James Hodge said that some of the more ambitious hopes for the system — such as impacting the continent’s socioeconomic problems — will be long-term, and that initially it will be those already connected who will see the benefits.

The launch was delayed by a month because of increased activity by pirates along parts of the African coast. Security teams were beefed up to protect the slow moving cable layers. Neotel, a South African communications network operator, is the largest shareholder in SEACOM.

It is also the anchor tenant and the South African landing partner, providing both the coastal landing station and Johannesburg data center for the submarine cable. Neotel managing director Ajay Pandey is excited about the opportunities for growth presented by the SEACOM cable.

“With this cable coming in, the pipe size opens up, so more and more people are able to get faster and better connectivity, hopefully at a lower price. It can’t be more expensive than what it is today.”

SEACOM Chief Executive Officer Brian Herlihy added: “Turning the switch ‘on’ creates a huge anticipation, but ultimately, SEACOM will be judged on the changes that take place on the continent over the coming years.” South Africa has been hobbled by high costs and extremely slow bandwidth, effectively keeping the country on an information back road rather then the superhighway.

There is much anticipation and hope that the cable will ensure Africa keeps up with the developed world in Internet connectivity, providing greater speed, flexibility and, potentially, a complete socioeconomic transformation.

Tanzanian President Jakaya Kikwete said in his opening address: “It’s the ultimate embodiment of modernity.”

His speech was beamed via SEACOM from a launch in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to the simultaneous launch in Johannesburg,South Africa.

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South Africa’s broadband network excruciatingly slow, faster than the internet IP Messenger

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South Africa’s broadband network excruciatingly slow, faster than the internet IP Messenger

BEIJING, September 11 electricity in South Africa, IP Messenger messaging even faster than the computer! South Africa’s lack of network bandwidth, making the slow pace of the Internet and convergence difficult and very expensive, the results of a home companies use IP Messenger, even greater than the use of computers to transmit data faster.

According to Singapore on the 11th Joint quoted South African Press Association reported, the telecommunications company Unlimited IT so that a pigeon with a data memory card, from the company’s headquarters in Pietermaritzburg (Pietermaritzburg) flew 80 kilometers outside of Germany classes (Durban), spent 1 hour and 8 minutes flying destination, together with the downloaded data processing time, spent a total of 2 hours 6 minutes 57 seconds.

At the same time, through major Internet service provider Telkom to pass the same data, but only 4% of them passed on.

The telecommunications company was no longer tolerate the slow pace of the Internet, so for this test. It is in South Africa has 11 customer service call center (call centres), often need to send data to other branches.

South Africa will host next year’s World Cup soccer tournament a total length of 17,000 kilometers, convergence with other networks in southern and East Africa submarine cable will be opened before the start, when the speed of the Internet is expected to improve.

Currently, local Internet service providers are negotiating to increase network bandwidth.

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