[submarine telecoms forum] Over the last two years South Africa has gone from a country with a single undersea cable system serving our international bandwidth needs to a competitive environment with SAT-3/SAFE, EASSy and SEACOM battling it out for market share, according to My Broadband Tech.
WACS has also landed in South Africa, and with a design capacity of over 5Tbps it will bring even more bandwidth into the country and drive down prices further.
While South Africa’s international fibre needs are now served well, national and last mile fibre infrastructure is still lacking.
Good news is that there are a few projects which aim at addressing the lack of terrestrial fibre in South Africa, including the Neotel/MTN/Vodacom, and FibreCo’s national fibre networks.
News has now emerged that BT Global will also get involved in South Africa’s growing fibre investments.
Speaking at the Submarine Networks World Africa 2011 conference in Sandton (26 July 2011), Stephen Kelly, Head of Middle East and Africa for BT Global Services, revealed that BT is set to invest in a fibre network in South Africa.
BT to boost fibre investment in SA