East Africa finally joins broadband revolution

The jigsaw is finally complete. East Africa shed its tag as the only major inhabited coastline excluded from the global broadband map today when an undersea fibre-optic cable linking it to networks in Europe and India went live.The commissioning of the 10,625-mile Seacom cable, which will soon be followed by two other submarine cables, is expected to drastically lower the cost of high-speed internet services and telephone calls. The region is currently dependent on expensive and often unreliable satellite links, which has prevented the spread of internet access.To read this report from The Guardian in full, see:
www.guardian.co.uk/technology/2009/jul/23/east-africa-broadband-revolutionAlso see:East Africa gets high-speed web
The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live.The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia.The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region’s industry and commerce.
news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8165077.stmInternet Flurry As Kenya Goes Live On Seacom Cable
The connection of Kenya and eastern Africa to the rest of the world via the 17,000-km Seacom fibre optic cable on Friday was marked by excitement.The promise of faster internet was greeted with sensational updates on popular social networks like Twitter and Facebook by those who had their first taste of real broadband.

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