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One More Fibre Optic Cable For Africa

05 March, 2013
 
ICT Africa Writer
March 5, 2013

Techteledata, a South African broadband and infrastructure company has indicated that it has received funding from the Industrial Development Corporation (IDC) to deploy an undersea fibre optic cable that will link three South African cities; Cape Town, Port Elizabeth, East London and Mtunzini. The Development Bank of Southern Africa (DBSA) is also in discussions with Techteledata for additional funding of the project.

The company said that the total project budget is $100 million, and additional investors are encouraged to participate.

The submarine cable will provide redundancy to already operational submarine fibre cables, including SEACOM and EASSy. In a region where submarine cables are oftentimes plagued with cuts, a redundant cable will provide an alternative path in the event of failure on the other cables. The new cable is also likely to compete with terrestrial fibre optic cable that is either being constructed or operational. These would include the National Long Distance cable network and Fibreco’s national backbone. Techteledata cites latency as one advantage of the new cable over the terrestrial competition.

Techteledata indicated that, in addition to the submarine cable, they will develop data centres which will make it attractive for overseas companies to establish points of presence on the African continent. According to Techteledata, large ICT players in South Africa have already expressed interest in leasing capacity on the cable.

The 1,200km cable is scheduled to be launched in July 2013, after which companies will be able to purchase capacity.


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