- Mar 26, 2018
@websquadza - have you heard anything about when this will be lit up and what kind of latency/pricing improvements it'll offer, if any?
The new subsea Equiano cable linking Africa and Europe will significantly decrease internet costs and triple internet speeds in South Africa, says Google.businesstech.co.za
3Gbit here I come!!!
No news yet. We get excited once they're actually built, live and selling. There are a surplus of cables landing, which is great for transmission (L2 path between Europe and SA) costs which are still very costly, and even better for resiliency. I don't expect a major change in latency with any new cable (give or take a few ms), but it's impossible to know until it's actually lit and tested.
For home users, there won't be any direct cost benefit to lower transit costs, just an assurance that ISPs can continue to service growing bandwidth needs and procure (most importantly for us) more resiliency across more cables, and then, more capacity. Most ISPs swallow the bulk of transit costs as it is- FNO line rentals make up the majority of costs due to the competitive nature of the FTTH industry.