Construction starts on new cable system

Construction of Seacom’s Sea Cable System, a 13 700km undersea cable that will connect SA and countries in East Africa with Europe and India, has begun. The system is expected to go live in June 2009 and provide the first competition to the Sat-3 system, which runs along Africa’s western coastline.

Submarine cable sign

Seacom has contracted Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics, to build the US$650m system, which will have landing points in SA, Mozambique, Madagascar, Kenya, Tanzania, India and Egypt. The Sea Cable System has a design capacity of 1,28Tbit/s, which is more than 10 times the capacity of Sat-3.

“The overwhelming demand for increased bandwidth in East and South Africa grows greater each day,” says Seacom president Brian Herlihy. “The Sea Cable System is making massive new bandwidth available, enabling prices to come down dramatically and opening up the possibility of developing new fields of economic activity in all the countries served.” — Staff reporter

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