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French company Alcatel-Lucent is set to upgrade the 10 000km EASSy submarine cable system with the latest 100 gigabit-per-second technology, boosting ultra-broadband capacity in eastern and southern Africa and strengthening its connectivity with Europe, the Middle East and Asia.
Undersea cable company Seacom and US digital optical equipment supplier Infinera have achieved a global first by successfully trialling a 500 Gigabits per second transmission over Seacom's newly built network between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
South Africa's Allied Technologies has acquired an 8.5% stake in The East Africa Marine System - a 5 000km cable linking Mombasa, Kenya with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates - through its subsidiary Kenya Data Networks for US$11-million.
The $600-million, 14 000km West Africa Cable System linking southern and western Africa with Europe should be in service by 2011, providing high capacity international bandwidth and further reducing telecoms costs on the continent.
Broadband in Africa has received another boost with the signing in April 2009 of a formal agreement to build the 3.8 terabit/second West African Cable System.
Neotel, South Africa's second landline operator, has announced plans to land a private-equity funded fibre optic submarine cable locally, which will connect south and east Africa to Europe and India by early 2009.