Africa gets connected ahead of FIFA World Cup

Seacom fibre-optic cable network to aid World Cup communications.
Seacom 'cuts the ribbon' on its new fibre optic cable project today.
Seacom 'cuts the ribbon' on its new fibre optic cable project today.

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Seacom’s fibre-optic cable network, which links Africa with Asia and Europe, became operational today after the initial launch was delayed due to pirate activity on the African coast.

The 1.28 Terabyte submarine cable network, which spans 17,000 kilometres, is set to dramatically improve broadband on the continent ahead of the 2010 FIFA World Cup in South Africa.

The cable company partnered with Cisco for today’s live demonstration of the network, in order to develop a one-gigabit-per-second live international connection and a live high definition video feed over an internet protocol network to interconnect representatives and dignitaries.

"Today is a historic day for Africa and marks the dawn of a new era for communications between the continent and the rest of the world,” said Brian Herlihy, CEO, Seacom.

“Our tireless efforts of the past 24 months have come to fruition, and we are proud to be the first to provide affordable, high quality broadband capacity and experience to east African economies,” he added.

In the future, the cable network is expected to link the continent to many more locations in the Asian subcontinent, Middle East and Europe.

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