Seacom Moves Repair Deadline back


Seacom, said last week that a major fault in its cable north of Kenya would be fixed only around July 22, more than a week later than first hoped.

Seacom was greeted with fanfare when it launched last July, as South African internet users looked forward to improved connectivity and lower prices thanks to the end of the monopoly on international bandwidth held by Telkom 's SAT3/SAFE cable.

But the Seacom cable failed near Mombasa on July 5, leaving many households without international Internet access for several days. Connections were restored late last week when Iinternet providers secured bandwidth through SAT3/SAFE, but this temporary solution is understood to come at considerable cost.

Seacom initially said it would fix the fault within six to eight days, but was forced to lower its sights after realising the depth of the cable at the problem point."We found the cable was about 4700m deep - that's one of the deepest parts of the system," said spokesman Suveer Ramdhani. "The cable ship we'd planned to use wouldn't be able to cope. We needed a more sophisticated ship, which added to the delay."

Seacom now believed the problem was caused by the failure of a "repeater" - a device that amplifies the signal carried - but a partial break of the cable could also be to blame. Ramdhani said he was confident repairs would be finished by July 22 but admitted bad weather could cause further delays.

MWeb, one of the internet providers affected by the problem, had now resumed normal levels of service, said Andre Joubert, GM of its business services division.
(Source: Business Day)

*Glo1 Submarine Fibre Optic Cable Ready for Commissioning

The Glo 1submarine optic fibre cable is now ready for commissioning but the company has yet to give a final launch date. A statement issued by Globacom's Group Chief Operating Officer, Mohamed Jameel, made available to Leadership, stated that the telecoms firm was pleased to announce that the end-to-end testing of the Glo 1 facility conducted in London, the United Kingdom, and Lagos, Nigeria, was successful.

"The over 9,800 kilometer submarine cable which has 16 landing points in Europe, North and West Africa, has been integrated with over 10,000 kilometers optic fibre cable of Globacom nationwide. This means Nigerians from wherever they are, can now enjoy ultra fast Internet services and reliable download and upload of data from anywhere in the world once Glo 1 is commissioned," said the statement.

Glo is also planning to set up a Level 3 Data Centre with 75,000 square feet space, to offer disaster recovery services, claiming to be the first operator to do so in Nigeria. Data centres can be connected to each other using Glo 1 for disaster recovery across the globe.

"Glo 1 will aid on-line diagnosis and video conferencing during surgery and research, while distance learning will be made easy by enabling a class of students and lecturers in West Africa to participate in a real time class in Europe, America and any other part of the world," Globacom explained.

Glo 1 will also facilitate premium video conferencing between multiple locations across the country and the West African region, thus reducing operational cost incurred in travelling by companies.

Globacom said it will start the commissioning process by mid July by meeting with the different key stakeholders to present Glo 1 and its benefits to them before the official launch.