Seacom, east and southern Africa’s new net connection, goes live

The new massive broadband connector linking east and southern Africa to the world wide web, discussed elsewhere in this blog, has been turned on. Millions of internet users, who for years have been frustrated by slow connection speeds, are looking forward to the new pace of communication. The 17,000 kilometre, submarine fibre optic cable system has a capacity of 1,28 Terabytes per second (Tb/s). The connector, called Seacom, will challenge existing broadband suppliers to drop their costs and up capacity. And it has the potential to radically transform the business climate in the region. But the good news is tempered by fears that Somali pirates, who have already disrupted Seacom’s unveiling, might cause future problems.

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