Undersea cable system operator Seacom is planning to launch a cable during the second half of 2014 connecting its landing point at Mtunzini near Durban to undersea cables running along the West coast of Africa, such as WACS and SAT–3.
Mark Simpson, CEO of Seacom said that the commencement of the build is pending finalisation of funding, partners, and solution, but that they would expect to start the project in the second half of 2013.
The cable could take 12 months to finish and Seacom has currently budgeted a maximum $100-million (US) to build the cable, Simpson added.
The core transmission is likely to be a blend of 40G (40 Gigabits per second per wavelength) and 100G technology as needs demand, Simspson said. He added that this is the same next-generation technology they recently introduced to the Seacom cable system.
Asked what effect its sub-sea connection from Mtunzini to Cape Town will have on South Africa’s broadband market, Simpson said that it will continue Seacom’s role in transforming the international connectivity market in Africa.
According to Simpson, the new cable will:
- provide connectivity from East coast to West coast cable systems to facilitate further diversity, resilience and ease of access on those routes;
- enable alternative routes to interconnect major SA population centres on a low cost, high performance, high reliability network; and
- ensure reliability of supply in a timely manner.