Zambia connects to SAT3 fibre via Namibia


Zambian ISP Zamnet has made the first link to the SAT3 fibre from this landlocked country going via Namibia to the South African landing station. The link opened on 1 July. This is the latest cross-border link to be put in place after KDN’s announcement last week that it had completed its fibre route from Mombasa to Kampala.

Zamnet is currently running internal tests before the service becomes available to all Zamnet customers. The bulk of ZAMNET Internet traffic is expected to be through fibre by 1st August 2009.

According to the company's acting Managing Director, Raphael Maseko: “The link performance has been excellent so far. We have been running various tests and doing some optimization to ensure that when we come fully online, our customers will enjoy the Internet as it is meant to be”.

The link to SAT3 was made using fibre on the power lines of the country’s power utility Zesco connecting to Telecom Namibia which in turn connects to the SAT3 landing station in South Africa.