Preliminary deal signed for African cable system

The e-Africa Commission has signed a pact with a U.S. company to construct a $2 billion undersea cable system.

The e-Africa Commission has signed a memorandum of understanding with 5-P Holdings to construct a US$2 billion undersea cable system planned to encircle Africa with connections to Europe, South America, India and the Middle East.

The MoU provides a framework for collaboration between the commission's parent organization, the New Partnership for Africa's Development (NEPAD) and 5-P Holdings for the financing, design and implementation of the fiber-optic network, according Henry Chasia, chairman of the e-Africa Commission.

The completion of the 50,000-kilometer cable is expected to help reduce telecommunications rates, which have been a barrier to business development in Africa.

The cable will provide landing points to every coastal and island country in Africa, including those countries that are currently not serviced by other cable networks.

The signing of the MoU follows the endorsement of the project by information and communication technology ministers and experts from eastern and Southern Africa at a meeting in Johannesburg last month. The ministers called for the speedy implementation of the cable project.

The financial details of the deal are still sketchy but 5-P Holdings, in the U.S., has so far been assured that it will have a 25 percent share of the cable project. The majority of the shares in the cable are African-owned, a strategy NEPAD says will make it easy to control the pricing of the bandwidth.

According to the MoU, 5-P Holdings will also look for investors interested in investing in the cable.

Africa's longest cable will have a capacity of 3.84T bps (bits per second) and will be operational by the first quarter of 2010.

The cable has been dubbed UHURUNET, derived from a term for independence in Kiswahili, one of the African languages.

NEPAD has been chartered by the African Union to develop the continent's IT infrastructure.

Join the PC World newsletter!

Error: Please check your email address.

Our Back to Business guide highlights the best products for you to boost your productivity at home, on the road, at the office, or in the classroom.

Keep up with the latest tech news, reviews and previews by subscribing to the Good Gear Guide newsletter.

Michael Malakata

IDG News Service
Show Comments

Essentials

Microsoft L5V-00027 Sculpt Ergonomic Keyboard Desktop

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® S57 USB 3.0 flash drive

Learn more >

Mobile

Lexar® JumpDrive® S45 USB 3.0 flash drive 

Learn more >

Exec

Lexar® Professional 1800x microSDHC™/microSDXC™ UHS-II cards 

Learn more >

Lexar® JumpDrive® C20c USB Type-C flash drive 

Learn more >

Audio-Technica ATH-ANC70 Noise Cancelling Headphones

Learn more >

HD Pan/Tilt Wi-Fi Camera with Night Vision NC450

Learn more >

Budget

Back To Business Guide

Click for more ›

Most Popular Reviews

Latest News Articles

Resources

PCW Evaluation Team

Azadeh Williams

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

A smarter way to print for busy small business owners, combining speedy printing with scanning and copying, making it easier to produce high quality documents and images at a touch of a button.

Andrew Grant

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

I've had a multifunction printer in the office going on 10 years now. It was a neat bit of kit back in the day -- print, copy, scan, fax -- when printing over WiFi felt a bit like magic. It’s seen better days though and an upgrade’s well overdue. This HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 looks like it ticks all the same boxes: print, copy, scan, and fax. (Really? Does anyone fax anything any more? I guess it's good to know the facility’s there, just in case.) Printing over WiFi is more-or- less standard these days.

Ed Dawson

HP OfficeJet Pro 8730

As a freelance writer who is always on the go, I like my technology to be both efficient and effective so I can do my job well. The HP OfficeJet Pro 8730 Inkjet Printer ticks all the boxes in terms of form factor, performance and user interface.

Michael Hargreaves

Windows 10 for Business / Dell XPS 13

I’d happily recommend this touchscreen laptop and Windows 10 as a great way to get serious work done at a desk or on the road.

Aysha Strobbe

Windows 10 / HP Spectre x360

Ultimately, I think the Windows 10 environment is excellent for me as it caters for so many different uses. The inclusion of the Xbox app is also great for when you need some downtime too!

Mark Escubio

Windows 10 / Lenovo Yoga 910

For me, the Xbox Play Anywhere is a great new feature as it allows you to play your current Xbox games with higher resolutions and better graphics without forking out extra cash for another copy. Although available titles are still scarce, but I’m sure it will grow in time.

Featured Content

Latest Jobs

Don’t have an account? Sign up here

Don't have an account? Sign up now

Forgot password?