African-owned firm Seacom, has launched the first undersea cable bringing high-speed internet access to East Africa.
The company hopes that the 17,000km long cable costing $650 million to lay, will bring a flourishing economy and industry to the region. Marking a “dawn of a new era for communications” between Africa and the rest of the world.
Initially due to go live in June, the launch was delayed due to pirate activity.
There are reports that despite the cable, many villages will still be unable to gain access to the internet. Thankfully Google and other services are doing their best to bring information to these people via SMS services.