Six Submarine Cable Projects Not Watertight, Says BMI-T

Journalist Thabiso Mochiko reports that of the 10 submarine cables that were either planned or under construction in Africa, only four would be likely to work, BMI-TechKnowledge (BMI-T) said yesterday. This was because 10 cables would create a significant capacity glut in some regions, despite the rapid growth in demand that could be expected, said Brian Neilson, the research director…

New Fiber Optic Projects for Southern Africa

This is the news that appeared in the Balancing Act  One new major fibre project came into the light of day last week and further details emerged about another. The first is an ambitious initiative to create a Southern African fibre network on the back of the South African Power Pool transmission network. The second is WAFS, a Telkom South…

Fiber Optic Network Links Mozambique and South Africa

The small gap in the fiber optic link between South Africa and Mozambique has now been closed. Fiber optic cables crossing Mozambique and South Africa border has been installed and commissioned. People are looking to see whether Telkom SA (South Africa) offers rates that are sufficiently cheap to be competitive with satellite, something it has not offered Lesotho and Namibia’s incumbent telecom operators.

Factors Determining the Cost of Fiber Optic Cable

The cost of a cable plays a significantly major role in tenders. Quality of course is a factor and also is the reputation of the supplier. Some fifteen to twenty years before, the fiber optic cable industry with a few players around was not so vibrant and unpredictable in terms of price. The demand was also low. Very few countries…