Friday, February 19, 2010

MTN progresses as cable lands in South Africa

The MTN Group, which is the biggest operator investor in the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy), is pleased with the progress being achieved in the construction of the cable.

A significant milestone will be achieved this weekend when the undersea cable lands in Mtunzini, on the north coast of Kwa-Zulu Natal.

This will be the only landing of the EASSy cable in South Africa and heralds the commencement of the final stage of the long process of planning, financing, designing and building this fanciable African East Coast consortium cable system.

EASSy, a fully integrated high capacity, multi-technology network, is an undersea fibre-optic cable that will link the countries of Southern, Eastern and Northern Africa to the rest of the world via different interconnection points to the existing global submarine cable network.

When EASSy goes live at the end of June 2010, it will allow MTN to significantly boost its offering to its customers in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya with much desirable international bandwidth capacity.

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