Seacom sub cable suffers brief outage

08 November 2019

Seacom’s submarine cable system briefly experienced what the firm described as “a service-affecting outage” in late October. 

The business, which launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the continent’s eastern and southern coasts back in 2009, published news of the outage in a series of tweets, beginning with the news that it was experiencing a service-affecting outage on its subsea cable system between Mombasa in Kenya and Zafarana in Egypt.

“All linear transmission traffic on the Seacom subsea cable system on the east coast of Africa, to and from Europe, is affected,” it added. 

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Tanzania to provide internet in Burundi

08 November 2019

Tanzania will provide high speed internet connectivity to Burundi, after a service agreement was signed in Dar es Salaam between the incumbent Tanzania Telecommunications Corporation Limited (TTCL) and Burundi Backbone Systems (BBS). 

It will be implemented over a 10-year period, said Waziri Kindamba, the general manager of the TTCL.

“ TTCL will offer first class broadband Internet services through our stations in Kabanga and Manyovu, in the border region of Kigoma,” added Kindamba, who also said the agreement allows TTCL to expand its portfolio of activities in the East Africa and Southern African Development Community (SADC) sub-region, with a population of nearly 350 million.

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Submarine cable lands at Grand Bassam

08 November 2019

MainOne has finally landed its submarine cable in Grand Bassam, Côte d’Ivoire, the final leg of the ongoing expansion to reach Senegal and the former (NAWC August/September 2019).

The landing, which follows the recent completion of the landing in Dakar, Senegal will extend the reach of the cable into Côte d’Ivoire and other west African countries.

It is also the first commercial cable in service to deploy spectrum sharing capabilities guaranteed to deepen infrastructure sharing and lower the cost of delivering broadband services to the region.

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Johannesburg to Cape Town fibre line lit up

18 October 2019

Cable operator Seacom has lit up a one terabyte fibre line connecting Johannesburg and Cape Town, the company told the media. 

It comes at a time when the firm is said to be lighting up the fibre assets of FibreCo, which it bought almost a year ago.

The new addition owns and operates a national open access dark fibre network, providing infrastructure, connectivity and services across the whole of South Africa.

Seacom previously only had capacity from Durban up to Johannesburg, but since this new Johannesburg to Cape Town development, Seacom is said to be targeting East London. 

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