Seacom: Cheap broadband soon in SA

2009-02-06 00:00

Johannesburg — The countdown to cheap and freely available broadband has begun. This is according to Seacom president Brian Herlihy, who said the first portions of a deepwater cable have been laid.

Most of SA’s international bandwidth is trafficked along fibre-optic cables to which Telkom and Neotel have exclusive access. The bandwidth provided by Seacom’s fibre-optic cable will remove this duopoly and drive market prices down.

The cable has been laid from the edge of SA waters to Mozambique, while cable-laying is also proceeding in the Red Sea from Egypt towards the coast of Yemen.

A third ship is being loaded with the remainder of the cable. This is to be deployed from India towards Africa, where the three cable segments will be joined.

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