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05 March 2007


Wairagala Wakabi

A very interesting and timely posting this one. The benefits EASSy promises to deliver for eastern and southern Africa are immense: more affordable, more reliable bandwidth. But the project is not getting off the ground, nearly seven years after it was concretely proposed. Perhaps the South African minister Matsepe-Casaburri should have talked about what is being done to fast-track it, and when we should expect the cable to go live. Plus, many people are eager to hear from her government whether EASSy will remain competitive and viable if the unilateral marine fibre optic systems the SA government and that of Kenya are planning get on stream before EASSy. That is a debate many of us are engrossed in at www.fibreforafrica.net . Sad thing is, we just aren't enough of us involved in this debate and there are some critical voices that are glaringly missing out in these discussions.

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