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Big upgrade to Sat-3 capacity

The Sat-3/Wasc/Safe cable is being given a substantial upgrade. The system, which runs from Europe to South Africa via West Africa and from South Africa to Southeast Asia, has been upgraded from 420Gbit/s to 920Gbit/s in the northern segments

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Rwanda to offer free national Wi-Fi

Rwanda is hoping for a boom in business with plans to offer free Wi-Fi-based Internet access nationwide, starting with a roll-out in the capital city, Kigali. The Rwandan government started the city-wide roll-out last month, targeting schools, public buildings, bus stations and hotels in the city first. IT minister

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Infraco turns in dismal results

Losses at state-owned Broadband Infraco have widened substantially in the past year, with revenue collapsing by 40% on account of reduced business from the company’s largest customer, Neotel. Higher staff costs and increased network maintenance costs have hit the bottom line

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IS lights up Wacs capacity

As part of its increased focus on business elsewhere on the continent, South Africa’s Internet Solutions (IS), a division of Dimension Data, has lit up fibre capacity it’s bought on the West Africa Cable System (Wacs). Wacs is a 5,1Tbit/s design capacity subsea cable that run from

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Fibre player Gilat headed SA’s way

Israeli satellite and fibre telecommunications provider Gilat is stepping up its focus on fibre-optic infrastructure in Africa and plans to establish a Johannesburg office early next year. The company continues to increase the scope and scale of its operations on the continent through

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R6bn Ace submarine cable now live

The first phase of the US$700m (about R6bn) Africa Coast to Europe (Ace) submarine telecommunications cable has gone live, with the section between France and São Tomé and Príncipe now carrying data traffic. The project is being led by French telecoms giant France Telecom-Orange. The second

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SAEx to bring broadband to coastal cities

Submarine telecommunications cable developer eFive Telecoms says its US$280m SAEx system, for which construction should start in 2014, will provide international capacity to a range of coastal South African towns and cities at speeds of up to 24Tbit/s

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Zimbabwe to get Wacsed up

Zimbabwe is to be hooked up to the high-capacity West Africa Cable System (Wacs), the submarine telecommunications pipe that extends from SA to London along Africa’s west coast, thanks to a deal its incumbent fixed-line operator has concluded with its Namibia counterpart. The announcement was made

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Investors eye Brics cable

Investors have expressed keen interest in a undersea broadband cable that would link Brazil, Russia, India, China and SA (the Brics countries) to each other and the US, a promoter of the project said on Thursday. “There have been many parties showing interest in the Brics cable project. To date, a total of

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Seacom to double capacity

Seacom plans to upgrade its subsea telecommunications network to newer fibre-optic switching technology later this year that will more than double the capacity on the system. CEO Mark Simpson says the company will begin tests in the next couple of months with a view to upgrading the US$600m system from

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