Zanzibar ISP Connected to Seacom

Internet

A Zanzibar-based Internet Services Provider (ISP) has become the latest Tanzanian company to connect with Seacom submarine fibre optic cable. Zanlink whose trade name is Zee Communications Limited becomes the first ISP in the country to be connected with the cable.

This is expected to increase competition among ISPs, improve service delivery and lower prices. The Tanzania Telecommunications Company Limited and SimbaNet are already linked up with Seacom.

Zee Communications noted in a statement that its customers would get up to three or four times more bandwidth speeds.

"This means that clients can now experience true broadband for faster surfing, downloading, online gaming, video conferencing VPN and WFI, applications that were difficult in the past due to the bottleneck in the bandwidth speeds.

" It also indicated that broadband prices were likely to fall for residential users, small and medium businesses as well as large corporate and public sectors.

There have been apprehensions among customers on whether Internet and data prices will decline following the landing of the Seacom cable in the country last month.

So far only one data wholesaler, SimbaNet has announced that its prices will fall by about 50 per cent as a result of the connection with the Seacom submarine cable.

The Citizen