Friday, July 24, 2009

Broadband Internet in East Africa: Uncertainties on Rural Connectivity

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. The cable - which is 17,000km long - took two years to lay and cost more than $650m. But it is not clear whether the internet revolution will reach the villages, many of which still struggle to access reliable electricity.

Read more from:
BBC Website
Tinyurl.com
Seacom Website

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