"This is going to reduce the cost of doing business in Africa, within Africa and with international parties" said Suveer Ramdhani, SEACOM spokesman in South Africa.In other words, expect more spam in the inbox.
"The cable is as thin as a hair strand and in one second it can download the same amount of data that 160 people use in a month."
SEACOM, privately funded and 75 percent African owned, will provide retail carriers with open source access to inexpensive bandwidth.
It has taken less than three years to complete the mammoth project, providing landing stations at South Africa, Kenya, Madagascar and other points along the east coast of Africa.
I stayed in South Africa for 4.5 months in 2007 and found the internet connection superior to my hometown.