(Shuttleworth Foundation) Fibre-optic cable, operated by African-owned firm Seacom, connects South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique to Europe and Asia.
East Africa Gets Bandwidth
JULY 27, 2009Eazibee, HappyNews ColumnistLong-time RTBH readers may recall post 311 from August last year, which referred to the new undersea cable gradually being laid along the East African coastline. It's all part of a grand plan to get Africa connected to high-speed internet services, with all that means in terms of tapping into knowledge and market opportunities.
(RTBH Post 311: reasonstobehopeful.com/311-east-africa-gets-connected)
Well, now it's finished. According to the BBC article linked here (news.bbc.co.uk ), launch ceremonies were held in Kenya and Tanzania this week, and some large companies have already started exploiting the new bandwidth.
Bit by bit, governments in the region - Kenya's, for example - are laying fibre-optic cable to connect towns to the network, in the hope that schools will be able to access an expanded range of educational materials.
The question, as the article points out, is when smaller towns and villages will benefit. Surely something worth funding by international donors and local governments alike?Read the story on BBC: news.bbc.co.uk/2/hi/africa/8165077
Read this column in its original location: reasonstobehopeful.com/east-africa-gets-bandwidth
Eazibee hails from the UK but now lives in New York, where she works as a consultant - focused on health and environmental issues in developing countries - alongside raising a young family. She devotes any free time she has left to screenwriting and blogging. Reasons to be Hopeful is her principal blog, which she started in October 2007 in an effort to counter the negativity dominating the mainstream newswires. She aims to capture good news from across the world, reflecting the positive experiences of many different communities. Please feel free to send any good stories you come across to eazibee(at)gmail.com.