I hope this article isn't being repeated but I was so impressed when I
found it I thought I'd pass it on.
06 March 1998
A SOUTHERN HEMISPHERE ROUTE ESTABLISHED - JOINT PRESS STATEMENT OF THE
PARTIES TO SAFE AND SAT-3/WASC
The South Africa - Far East (SAFE) and Southern Africa - Western Africa
(SAT-3/WASC) cable projects are state-of-the-art, optical fibre
submarine cable projects planned and owned by telecommunications
entities to support the burgeoning growth of telecommunications needs in
Sub-Saharan Africa and provide diversification for telecommunication
traffic routes between South East Asia and Europe.
The formal development of the SAFE cable commenced in June 1996 with the
key role-players being Telkom SA (South Africa), Telekom Malaysia,
Mauritius Telecom, Cable & Wireless and France Telecom.
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
These two groups of global and African operators recently joined forces
to promote these two cable systems as a single integrated project,
thereby increasing the value and attractiveness for investors.
We are pleased to announce, that more than $430 million of potential
investment was obtained towards the establishment of the $550 million
telecommunications submarine cable system, during a potential investors
meeting, attended by international operators from Africa, Asia,
Australia, Europe, Middle East and the Americas, hosted in Cape Town
during the past few days (2-6 March 1998). Achieving a potential
investment subscription of 79%, vastly exceeds all other attempts and
proposals for similar type infrastructure that have been on offer to the
African continent over the past 4 years.
The integrated cable system will route between Dakar, Senegal and
Penang, Malaysia with landings in Cote d'ivoire, Ghana, Benin, Cameroon,
Gabon, Angola, South Africa, Mauritius, Reunion and Diego Garcia.
Additional landings are still being considered. The cable system will
constitute 2 fibre pairs, which together, will be capable of
transmitting between 20Gb/s to 40Gb/s.
With a ready for service date envisaged in the year 2000, this project
will propel Africa into the next millennium of telecommunications, being
able to offer direct, reliable, secure, high quality and high volume
communications to many new destinations and support the next generation
of telecommunications services and products.
RonÚll Myburgh: Consultant: Media Liaison