East Africa: Fibre-Optic Cable Set for Launch This Month

source: allAfrica
The Citizen (Dar es Salaam)
Al-amani Mutarubukwa
12 July 2010

The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) will be switched on at the end of this month, officials said yesterday. The fibre-optic cable, which serves as a conduit for Internet and data traffic, arrived in the country in April this year but was yet to start operations

“We are now continuing with recruiting potential clients, mainly wholesalers and government institutions, before going live at the end of July,” said Mr Norman Moyo, the Zantel chief commercial officer.

Various eastern and southern African telecommunication companies have a stake in EASSy. In Tanzania, TTCL and Zantel are shareholders in the fibre-optic cable. When it goes live, the cable system is expected to provide a capacity transport option to other network operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs).

The development is expected to provide more alternative Internet gateways to [continue reading]

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