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Windows 7: East Africa gets high-speed web

24 Jul 2009   #1

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit
East Africa gets high-speed web

The first undersea cable to bring high-speed internet access to East Africa has gone live.

The fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia.

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The firm says the cable will help to boost the prospects of the region's industry and commerce.

The cable - which is 17,000km long - took two years to lay and cost more than $650m.

Seacom said in a statement the launch of the cable marked the "dawn of a new era for communications" between Africa and the rest of the world.
The services were unveiled in ceremonies in the Kenyan port of Mombasa and the Tanzanian city of Dar es Salaam.

School benefits

The cable was due to be launched in June but was delayed by pirate activity off the coast of Somalia.

The BBC's Ben Mwangunda in Dar es Salaam says five institutions are already benefiting from the faster speeds - national electricity company Tanesco, communications company, TTCL, Tanzania Railways and the Universities of Dar es Salaam and Dodoma.

The BBC's Will Ross in Nairobi says the internet revolution trumpeted by Seacom largely depends on how well the service is rolled out across the region.

To the disappointment of many consumers, our correspondent says some ISPs (internet service providers) are not planning to lower the cost of the internet, but instead will offer increased bandwidth.

But 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.

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.

But our correspondent says 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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I know we have some members from Africa, so I thought it would be interesting to them and to hear their thoughts.

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24 Jul 2009   #2
go away

window 7

what kbps/mbps they r going to get or getting??????????????
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24 Jul 2009   #3

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

Look at the legend in the bottom map. 1280Gb/s
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24 Jul 2009   #4

Windows 7 Home Premium x64 - Mac OS X 10.6.4 x64

Quote   Quote: Originally Posted by swarfega View Post
Look at the legend in the bottom map. 1280Gb/s
OMG!!!! That is pretty fast!
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24 Jul 2009   #5


Ummmmmmm, Uh Oh!

I'm just thinking about how the World will be affected by
Africa's most populous City when High Speed becomes
available to the masses.

If your not familiar with Africa's most populated city
Let me google that for you :)

(Nigeria) Doh! The spam can only get worse.
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24 Jul 2009   #6


I wouldn't mind being connected to that 3840GB/s line.
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24 Jul 2009   #7

Windows 7 Professional 64-bit

The transatlantic cable between us and america is much faster, in the terrabytes I believe.
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