In the news last week, there was an exciting story that the first undersea fibre-optic cable in Eastern Africa has become live. This means that people in Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda, and Mozambique and parts of South Africa, who previously relied on expensive and slow satellite connections, now have access to high-speed internet access thanks to Seacom, an African-owned company.
The cable is hoped to help boost the prospects of the region’s industry and commerce. Seacom spokesman said that the cable will “reduce the cost of doing business in Africa, within Africa and with international parties” and said that it marked the “dawn of a new era for communications” between Africa and the rest of the world.
According to the BBC, businesses, which have been paying around $3,000 a month for 1MB through a satellite link, will now pay considerably less – about $600 a month. Moreover, the Kenyan government has been laying a network of cables to all of the country’s major towns and says the fibre-optic links will also enable schools nationwide to link into high quality educational resources, it says. But it also warns that it is not clear whether the internet revolution will reach the villages, many of which still struggle to access reliable electricity.
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