Undersea data cable operator SEACOM has activated the first of two routes across Egypt in January 2012, with plans to complete the second route in Q2 2012.
SEACOM was officially launched in July 2009 which marked the beginning of positive changes in numerous African countries via the spread of access to wholesale broadband Internet.
Over 17,000km of undersea fibre optic cable was laid, connecting Africa to the rest of the world via India and Europe.
One of the problems for the SEACOM cable was its reliance on other cable systems, such as the SE-ME-WE-4 (SMW4) cable system, to provide onward connectivity to Europe and India.
SEACOM’s reliance on other cable systems has cost it dearly in both reliability and reputation. However, SEACOM has always planned to connect directly to Europe to remove the reliance on other cable systems.
Good news is that SEACOM has made good progress on extending its network and removing its reliance on partner cables.
SEACOM activated the first of two routes across Egypt in January 2012. “SEACOM’s customers should be seeing a latency improvement of around 40ms RTD on our working path,” the company said.
“SEACOM plans to keep the Mumbai leg open for added resilience until the second route is complete. This will ensure that SEACOM’s service is well protected through the Suez region. The northern leg is due to be completed in Q2 2012,” SEACOM explained.