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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.
UK-based communications research company Informa Telecoms & Media is to open a new office in Johannesburg, giving it direct access to the fast-growing African telecommunications market.
South Africa's second satellite, SumbandilaSAT, will be launched in early 2007 from a submarine off the coast of Russia and carried halfway around the world by an intercontinental ballistic missile before being released into low-earth orbit.
Construction of the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System, a 9 900km undersea optical cable between Durban and Port Sudan, is due to begin soon after a group of development banks announced a $70.7-million investment in the project.