There was a thread here a while back lamenting AT&T's failure to follow
through with Africa ONE. Tyco is a sprawling conglomerate which appeared
unlikely to continue a risky long term project requiring singular focus
and massive up-front investment.
It is interesting to note that Malaysia Telecom (or is it another
Malaysian entity?) is an important stakeholder in Telkom SA, and I think
in some of the West African service providers too (Ghana?). I guess the
moral of the story would be that if you can't get the commitment from
the West, look east.
And also look within (esp. now that Malaysia isn't so flush with cash
anymore). Indeed, it's encouraging that many African players are
forming a partnership for this project. Hopefully, this will soon be
visible on the ground, or under water, or in the sky, as the case may
be. I mean the topology map of the Internet in Africa should look like
something other than a bunch of very long lines going straight to Europe
or America, and little else. As those lines go, so goes the trade and
economic development of Africa in the next century.
Jay Hudnall wrote:
> Although not important for Sub-Saharan Africa, Flag Launched a year ago
> and it is my understanding SAT-2 was completed over a year ago as well.
> I haven't heard much about SAT-3 and SA Telekom has no information for
> it on their site. A wire connecting the Atlantic Coast of Africa would
> be a great boost.
> for reference visit...
> Phil Northam wrote:
> > I whipped this from the Telkom site, I think Africa 2 you refer to is SAT-3,
> > which
> > is a Telkom SA project which has helped pretty much eclipse AfricaOne along
> > with SAT 2, SAFE and FLAG. Africa One has been offloaded to Tyco
> > Submarine systems, who when I asked them, didn't have anything to say about
> > the project. RIP Africa One?
> > "The formal development of the SAT-3/WASC cable project was initiated in
> > May 1997, and the key role-players in this project are Angola Telecom; OPT
> > Benin; Cote D'Ivoire Telecom; Ghana Telecom, Intelcam (Cameroon); OPT
> > Gabon; Libtelco (Liberia); Sonatel (Senegal), Sonitel (Niger), Telkom SA
> > (South Africa) & Togo Telecom"
> > Phil Northam
> > A new African fiber-optic backbone, going
> > from Senegal, through thirteen
> > > countries, to South Africa, Mauritius and Malaysia... If this is
> > > realized, that will go a long way to addressing the lack of
> > > intra-regional connectivity. Does anyone have more info on this? Let's
> > > hope it does not suffer the same fate as Africa ONE.
> > >
> > > --
> > > http://comet.columbia.edu/~nemo
> > <nofill>