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Why Seacom fell over

Multiple cable faults on Thursday, one in the UK and two in Egypt, which affected the services of two major subsea cable systems that connect South Africa and sub-Saharan Africa to the global Internet, left millions of mobile and fixed-line Internet users

Africa hit by major Internet outage

Internet connectivity to and from South Africa and much of the rest of sub-Saharan Africa was undermined severely on Thursday after two cable systems experienced significant problems. Seacom, the cable system which runs along Africa’s east coast

With Ace, subsea cable rush nears end

The Africa Coast to Europe (Ace) submarine cable could be among the last major international broadband systems to land on South African shores for some time, says an expert. The Ace cable

Work to start on new subsea cable for SA

Alcatel-Lucent has announced it is about to begin construction of the Africa Coast to Europe submarine cable’s second phase, which will connect South Africa to São Tomé and Príncipe and provide an alternative route to Europe to the West Africa Cable System

The cloud under the ocean

Recently, a New York Times article on Russian submarine activity near undersea communications cables dredged up Cold War politics and generated widespread recognition of the submerged systems we all depend upon. Not many people realise that undersea

SA has enough international bandwidth: Seacom

South Africa is not facing challenges when it comes to international connectivity landing on its shores, says Seacom CEO Byron Clatterbuck. In the past six years, South Africa has been connected to numerous undersea broadband cables that have brought much-needed bandwidth to the country

Seacom goes direct to corporate SA

Pan-African telecommunications company and subsea fibre cable operator Seacom has launched Seacom Business, a new division that intends selling capacity across its infrastructure directly to corporate customers

Africa leads world in Internet growth

Growth in international Internet capacity connected to Africa outpaces all other regions of the world, new research shows. African Internet bandwidth grew by 41% between 2014 and 2015, and by 51% compounded annually over the past five years, to reach 2,9Tbit/s, according to new data from

Ace subsea cable coming to SA

The high-capacity Africa Coast to Europe (Ace) undersea cable will be extended to South Africa, with construction set to begin in the first quarter of 2016. This is the word from MTN Group CEO Sifiso

Duncan McLeod
Telkom to face big challenge in fixed lines

In the past 20 years, Telkom has lost almost every aspect of the absolute monopoly it once held over South African telecommunications. First, it lost its supremacy over voice communication as cellular rivals challenged it for dominance and won. Today, the cellular operators carry the vast majority of

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