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Patrick Christian, a senior analyst at TeleGeography, said: "New cable builds on the east and west coasts of Africa, including ACE, SEACOM, EASSy, WACS,and others, along with new terrestrial networks, have greatly increased available capacity in the sub-Saharan region.
Alcatel-LucentaACAys 100G technology will enable the system to ultimately carry capacity in excess of 10Tbit/s, further complementing its ability to carry high volumes of data capacity on the EASSy system, which runs 10,000km from South Africa to Sudan, in support of the continued explosion of data traffic in Africa.
In the development of broadband, international donor agencies have been known to co-fund international broadband bandwidth initiatives such as NEPAD EASSy projects and national broadband backhaul initiatives.
Since 2005, Telma has invested 70M USD in a 3,300km National Fiber Optic Backbone; Telma is also the 5th contributor to the EASSY Submarine cable which has connected the island to the world in March 2010.
"It's a very unusual situation," said Chris Wood, chief executive of West Indian Ocean Cable Co., the largest shareholder of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, or Eassy, and a major owner of data-capacity rights on the two other Red Sea cables.
Its satellite network serves as the foundation for providing Internet, IP and VoIP services and connects to the Seacom and EASSy submarine fiber optic cables with the capability to provide high-speed WiMAX services.
The Seacom, Teams and EASSY cables all landed in the region in the past year, but ISPs, citing conflicting reasons, have declined to pass any bandwidth cost savings to their customers.
The East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) is an initiative born out of the desire to remove the digital marginalization of East Africa.
These include the East Africa submarine cable ("EASSy");the Europe India gateway ("EIG"); SAT-3/SAFE; the East Africa Marine system("TEAMs") and the West Africa Cable System ("WACS").
The bank finances undertakings, such as the Felu hydroelectric project in Mali, Mauritania and Senegal or the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable system (EASSy).
Communications solutions provider Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris:ALU) (NYSE:ALU) announced on Wednesday (15 October) that it has signed a contract to strengthened cooperation with the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) consortium.
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