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    In Pictures: This is what makes Africa’s internet possible

    April 3, 2014 • Features, Top StoriesComments Off on In Pictures: This is what makes Africa’s internet possible

    The vessel Léon Thévenin does an amazing job. Currently docked in Cape Town, South Africa, the ship is the main reason undersea fibre optic cables such as Seacom, EASSY and others keep operating – well, partly. At 107.8 m in length and 17.8 m in breadth,...

  • A map of Africa, showing the cable systems around the continent (image: African Undersea Cables)

    Telkom to bolster EASSy efficiency

    March 25, 2014 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Telkom to bolster EASSy efficiency

    South African telecom operator Telkom, has announced that it is an active participant in the latest upgrades to the East African Submarine System (EASSy). The EASSy consortium will soon be deploying the latest 100 gigabit-per-second technology to enable an...

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    Nigeria’s Main One gets US grant

    September 10, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Nigeria’s Main One gets US grant

    Nigeria is looking to continue its mobile and telecommunications infrastructure development. The country’s undersea cable operator Main One has announced it has won a grant from the United States Trade and Development Agency for the extension of the fiber...

  • SEACOM to embark on community upliftment

    July 22, 2013 • East Africa, Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on SEACOM to embark on community upliftment

    SEACOM is celebrating the fourth anniversary of its commercial launch on 23 July 2013, by reaching out to communities across Africa with a range of social upliftment activities. This continues the pan-African telecom enabler’s tradition of celebrating its...

  • Seacom suffers internet outage off African coast

    March 22, 2013 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments (2)

    Undersea cable provider Seacom has experienced a number of cable cuts off the northern coast of Egypt, which is affecting internet connectivity in Africa, Middle East and Asia, the company said in a statement on Friday morning. “Multiple subsea cable cuts...

  • No issues with undersea cable maintenance – Telkom SA

    October 19, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on No issues with undersea cable maintenance – Telkom SA

    Telkom SA has announced the successful completion of planned maintenance work on its SAT 3 undersea cable on 14 October 2012. According to the company customers did not experience any downtime during the maintenance period and this was attributed...

  • Uganda moving ahead with alternative undersea cable

    August 20, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Uganda moving ahead with alternative undersea cable

    The Ugandan government over the weekend once again revealed plans to build an alternative undersea cable to service the nation, as constant interruptions from Kenya is no longer a viable option. Peter Kahiigi, the director for Technical Services at the...

  • Q&A: SEACOM’s CEO Mark Simpson

    August 17, 2012 • FeaturesComments Off on Q&A: SEACOM’s CEO Mark Simpson

    SEACOM recently celebrated the 3rd anniversary of its commercial launch. The company remains focused on the objective of helping to bring about ‘a fully connected society’ by 2020. IT News Africa caught up with CEO Mark Simpson to find out how...

  • Uganda looking to re-route undersea cable

    August 13, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Uganda looking to re-route undersea cable

    Uganda will be exploring an alternative route for the undersea cable currently servicing the nation because constant interruptions in Kenya are taking their toll on Ugandan businesses.  An alternative route for the cable to Uganda could go through Mutukula...

  • Could BRICS get an undersea cable?

    June 8, 2012 • Top StoriesComments Off on Could BRICS get an undersea cable?

    While the SEACOM and WACS undersea cables have been operational for some time, and provide Africa with much-needed bandwidth, investors have expressed a keen interest in developing an undersea broadband cable that would link the BRICS nations (Brazil, Russia,...

  • “Demand for greater capacity and faster speeds is ever-present” – Telkom

    May 11, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments (2)

    Today’s launch of the ultra-high capacity West African Cable System (WACS) linking Southern Africa and Europe is a significant addition to Telkom’s vast international submarine cable portfolio. The introduction of WACS into Telkom’s undersea cable...

  • As WACS launches, another cable is planned

    May 11, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on As WACS launches, another cable is planned

    Even with the launch of the WACS cable in South Africa, plans are already underway to roll out another fibre optic cable, this time connecting Kenya to Ethiopia in an effort to curb the effects caused by the frequent undersea cable cut disruptions. East...

  • Q&A: Alcatel-Lucent’s Executive Vice President on WACS

    May 11, 2012 • Mobile and TelecomsComments Off on Q&A: Alcatel-Lucent’s Executive Vice President on WACS

    The West African Cable System (WACS), linking Southern and Western Africa to Europe, was launched in Cape Town on 11 May and officially went live at 12 noon. Driven by a coalition of fourteen investors, suppliers and network operators, the $650 million...

  • West Africa Cable System officially launched in South Africa

    May 11, 2012 • Top StoriesComments Off on West Africa Cable System officially launched in South Africa

    It has been six years since MTN pioneered and committed over US$ 100 million into Africa’s largest capacity submarine fibre optic cable. Today marked the commercial launch of the much-anticipated ultra high-capacity West Africa Cable System (WACS) linking...

  • Call to harmonise African undersea cable access

    May 10, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Call to harmonise African undersea cable access

    With a number of submarine cables anchored around the coasts of Africa, various ICT officials from a variety of nations have called for guidelines to harmonise the access to these cables, and how the bandwidth should be distributed. “In Africa, we are...

  • Mozambique gets a slice of SEACOM

    January 31, 2012 • Mobile and Telecoms, Top StoriesComments Off on Mozambique gets a slice of SEACOM

    The Mozambican Ministry of Science and Technology has signed a 20 year agreement to access international broadband fibre connectivity on the SEACOM network. Beneficiaries of the newly acquired capacity include the Mozambique Research and Education Network...