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Doubts have been cast over whether France Telecom’s Africa Coast to Europe (Ace) undersea cable will make it as far south as SA. Latest talk is that the cable, which

Construction of a new, high-capacity submarine telecommunications cable system linking SA, Angola, Nigeria and Brazil should start early next year and be ready for service some time in 2012. That’s the word from Lawrence Mulaudzi, MD of eFive Telecoms, the SA-based company that is driving the project.

There’s finally some good news on the Seacom front. If all goes according to plan, the undersea cable system will be fully operational again from tomorrow (Friday). According to a Seacom spokesman, physical repairs to the submarine cable are in the final stages of completion. “The entire system is currently undergoing testing before the cable is lowered back into the water,” the spokesman says.

Seacom may soon cut international bandwidth prices. The cable operator’s first anniversary this month also marks the end of price-cutting restrictions placed on it by some of its anchor tenants. Brian Herlihy, Seacom’s president, says the agreement with anchor tenants — other telecommunications companies — ends on Seacom’s one-year anniversary on 23 July

West African undersea cable Main One has gone live two weeks before schedule. The 1,92Gbit/s cable links Nigeria to Portugal,…

Yet another undersea cable system is coming to connect SA and other African countries to the global Internet, bringing the promise of an international bandwidth glut and lower broadband prices for consumers and businesses. France Telecom has announced the new project’s backers, mainly operators, have signed an agreement for the construction of the US$700m (R5,4bn), 5,1Tbit/s, 17 000km-long system known as the Africa Coast to Europe (