[AfrICANN-discuss] Eassy goes live today

Dr Yassin Mshana ymshana2003 at gmail.com
Sun Jul 18 11:42:33 SAST 2010


This is  "Walking" the "Talk" - at last.

It seems that this has proved it is not a Quick Profit and Fly Away venture.

At last, the User will benefit from this Needs led investment.

Well done and good luck all

Y Mshana

On 16 July 2010 17:09, LO MAMADOU <alfamamadou at hotmail.com> wrote:

>  Eassy goes live today
> The East Africa Submarine System (Eassy), which was only expected to launch
> for commercial operation in the coming weeks, will be unveiled today,
> finalising the construction programme that began in Maputo, Mozambique, in
> December 2009.
> This has been confirmed by the cable's largest investor, WIOCC, which has
> a 29% stake in the system. Telkom is also one of the top investors in Eassy
> and owns 9% of the cable.
> Other investors include West Indian Ocean Cable Company, which has a
> special purchase vehicle accommodating a number of smaller African telcos,
> with funding provided by the World Bank. Sudan's Sudatel, MTN and Vodacom
> are also major investors.
> The $250 million cable will be formally handed over to the WIOCC Board by
> Alcatel Submarine Networks – which was the subcontractor – on 21 July.
> This will take place during the WIOCC board meeting, in Nairobi, explains
> Mike Last, director of business development and international marketing at
> The early unveiling comes after a successful three-phase testing exercise,
> which began on 19 April. Then too, the project was a few days ahead of
> schedule, when the construction of Eassy was completed and the northern and
> southern halves spliced together at sea. This was well within the project's
> timeline.
> “The cable will go live in all the Eassy countries simultaneously. All the
> Eassy landing stations have been completed, tested and are fully
> operational. These are Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mombasa, Dar es Salaam, Moroni
> in Comoros Islands, Toliary in Madagascar, Maputo in Mozambique, and
> Mtunzini in SA,” states Last.
> *SA connects*
> Eassy will deliver 1.4Tbs of capacity and will connect SA with eight other
> African countries, offering transit connectivity through backhaul networks
> into at least 12 landlocked countries.
> Last explains that Eassy will also be the first east coast system to carry
> traffic on a direct route to Europe, making it the lowest latency east coast
> system for traffic to key Internet peering points in Europe and North
> America. Other east coast systems use a longer path to reach Europe, via
> connections in either India or UAE, meaning longer transit times for
> traffic.
> “The launch of WIOCC's Eassy cable increases the range of international
> connectivity options available to South African telecommunications
> operators, increases competition for high-performance international
> connectivity and brings much-needed diversity to the networks of SA's
> telecoms operators,” concludes Last.
> Source :
> http://www.itweb.co.za/index.php?option=com_content&view=article&id=34966:eassy-goes-live-today&catid=69&Itemid=58
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