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Marine survey for international fibre link starts in SA

25 July 2007 News

Herakles Telecom recently announced that the 13 000 km marine survey for SEACOM, which was awarded to Tyco Telecommunications, will start in South Africa. The marine survey vessel, a ship called the 'Fugro Gauss' arrived in Durban harbour on Sunday 17 June 2007 and will start surveying the route along the eastern coast of Africa shortly.

SEACOM intends to develop, construct, own and operate a privately funded submarine fibre-optic cable to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2009. The SEA Cable System expects to complement the business of national carriers, broadcasters and education and research networks by providing a wholesale solution for international bandwidth to be sold by national carriers through their already established retail channels. SEACOM expects to sell 'cheap bandwidth' that encourages volume discounts and large bandwidth growth. The SEA Cable System is being designed with a nominal capacity of 1280 Gb/s comprised of two fibre pairs expected to connect South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya to India and Europe (with an option for UAE).

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognised performance, the company delivers reliable, high-quality solutions to organisations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fibre-optic systems around the world.





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