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Post by Admin on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:09 pm

Uganda's largest ISP (Internet service provider), Uganda Telecom, has agreed to begin using the SEACOM submarine cable, to the relief of its customers who are eager for a high-speed broadband experience.

SEACOM went live late last month, but it has taken weeks for it to close a service level agreement with Uganda Telecom, which controls 70 percent of the Internet market here. SEACOM's undersea fiber-optic cable system will provide African carriers with access to relatively inexpensive bandwidth, relieving the international infrastructure bottleneck and, it is hoped, supporting eastern and southern African economic growth.

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Until now, only Infocom Uganda, which holds SEACOM's point of presence (PoP) tenancy agreement, had signed onto SEACOM.

That fact had led to speculation that Uganda Telecom would not actually sign onto SEACOM because it is a shareholder in the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), which lands in June 2010. But according to an official, Uganda Telecom will use SEACOM for now as it waits for EASSy.

Meanwhile, sister company Rwandatel S.A. (RTL), from neighboring Rwanda, also purchased capacity from SEACOM to take high-speed broadband Internet connectivity to that country.

Through the concurrent deals, Uganda Telecom and Rwandatel, both subsidiaries of the Libyan Africa Portfolio LAP Green Networks, have purchased a significant amount of international broadband capacity from SEACOM while SEACOM has in turn secured a backhaul solution for Rwanda on the two regional players' terrestrial networks between Kampala and Kigali, Rwanda. Both telcos will have immediate access to the SEACOM network, according to Brian Herlihy, SEACOM's CEO.

While Uganda has been connected to the SEACOM network via Infocom, the new agreement means that Rwanda will benefit from the newly available broadband capacity as soon as September, according to Herlihy. The Uganda/Rwanda development is in line with SEACOM's objective to provide connectivity solutions to landlocked countries across the east and southern African region, he said.

Now that Rwanda is connected to SEACOM, Herlihy said it will be easier for its southern neighbor Burundi to connect to the rest of the world.

"The capacity purchase by Uganda Telecom on the SEACOM network will dramatically modify the local Internet market, and we look forward to a new era of true broadband across the region," said AbdulBaset Elazzabi, the managing director of LAP Green Networks and Uganda Telecom.

Rwandatel's CEO, Patrick Kariningufu, said that the company has taken major steps to develop its infrastructure in order to extend affordable Internet connectivity in the country.

LAP Green Networks is a telecommunication operator owned by Libyan African Investment Portfolio. Its other investments on the continent include Sonitel Niger, Sahel Com Niger and Oricel Green Cote D'Ivoire.
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Re: Uganda's largest ISP signs onto SEACOM

Post by hafiz on Thu Nov 12, 2009 6:40 pm

Admin wrote:Uganda's largest ISP (Internet service provider), Uganda Telecom, has agreed to begin using the SEACOM submarine cable, to the relief of its customers who are eager for a high-speed broadband experience.

SEACOM went live late last month, but it has taken weeks for it to close a service level agreement with Uganda Telecom, which controls 70 percent of the Internet market here. SEACOM's undersea fiber-optic cable system will provide African carriers with access to relatively inexpensive bandwidth, relieving the international infrastructure bottleneck and, it is hoped, supporting eastern and southern African economic growth.

Prediction: AOL formally splits from Time-Warner by Dec. 11?

Until now, only Infocom Uganda, which holds SEACOM's point of presence (PoP) tenancy agreement, had signed onto SEACOM.

That fact had led to speculation that Uganda Telecom would not actually sign onto SEACOM because it is a shareholder in the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), which lands in June 2010. But according to an official, Uganda Telecom will use SEACOM for now as it waits for EASSy.

Meanwhile, sister company Rwandatel S.A. (RTL), from neighboring Rwanda, also purchased capacity from SEACOM to take high-speed broadband Internet connectivity to that country.

Through the concurrent deals, Uganda Telecom and Rwandatel, both subsidiaries of the Libyan Africa Portfolio LAP Green Networks, have purchased a significant amount of international broadband capacity from SEACOM while SEACOM has in turn secured a backhaul solution for Rwanda on the two regional players' terrestrial networks between Kampala and Kigali, Rwanda. Both telcos will have immediate access to the SEACOM network, according to Brian Herlihy, SEACOM's CEO.

While Uganda has been connected to the SEACOM network via Infocom, the new agreement means that Rwanda will benefit from the newly available broadband capacity as soon as September, according to Herlihy. The Uganda/Rwanda development is in line with SEACOM's objective to provide connectivity solutions to landlocked countries across the east and southern African region, he said.

Now that Rwanda is connected to SEACOM, Herlihy said it will be easier for its southern neighbor Burundi to connect to the rest of the world.

"The capacity purchase by Uganda Telecom on the SEACOM network will dramatically modify the local Internet market, and we look forward to a new era of true broadband across the region," said AbdulBaset Elazzabi, the managing director of LAP Green Networks and Uganda Telecom.

Rwandatel's CEO, Patrick Kariningufu, said that the company has taken major steps to develop its infrastructure in order to extend affordable Internet connectivity in the country.

LAP Green Networks is a telecommunication operator owned by Libyan African Investment Portfolio. Its other investments on the continent include Sonitel Niger, Sahel Com Niger and Oricel Green Cote D'Ivoire.


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Re: Uganda's largest ISP signs onto SEACOM

Post by Admin on Thu Nov 12, 2009 8:20 pm

SEACOM is a privately funded venture which built, owns, and operates a submarine fibre-optic cable connecting communication carriers in south and east Africa. SEACOM sells wholesale international capacity to global networks via India and Europe.

The project's business model is to provide affordable bandwidth via volume discounts and large bandwidth growth. It is the first to provide broadband to countries in east Africa, which previously relied entirely on expensive, slower, satellite connections. South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, and Kenya are inter-connected via a protected ring structure on the continent. A second express fibre pair connects South Africa to Kenya.[3]

These two fibre pairs have a combined capacity of 1.28 Tbit/s.[2] The cable was commissioned for operation on 23 July 2009.[4]

What is submarine?

Ans:A submarine communications cable is a cable laid beneath the sea to carry telecommunications between countries.

The first submarine communications cables carried telegraphy traffic. Subsequent generations of cables carried first telephony traffic, then data communications traffic. All modern cables use optical fiber technology to carry digital payloads, which are then used to carry telephone traffic as well as Internet and private data traffic. They are typically 69 millimetres (2.7 in) in diameter and weigh around 10 kilograms per meter (7 lb/ft), although thinner and lighter cables are used for deep-water sections.[1]

As of 2003, submarine cables link all the world's continents except Antarctica.

What is fibre optic?
An optical fiber (or fibre) is a glass or plastic fiber that carries light along its length. Fiber optics is the overlap of applied science and engineering concerned with the design and application of optical fibers. Optical fibers are widely used in fiber-optic communications, which permits transmission over longer distances and at higher bandwidths (data rates) than other forms of communications. Fibers are used instead of metal wires because signals travel along them with less loss, and they are also immune to electromagnetic interference. Fibers are also used for illumination, and are wrapped in bundles so they can be used to carry images, thus allowing viewing in tight spaces. Specially designed fibers are used for a variety of other applications, including sensors and fiber lasers.

Light is kept in the core of the optical fiber by total internal reflection. This causes the fiber to act as a waveguide. Fibers which support many propagation paths or transverse modes are called multi-mode fibers (MMF), while those which can only support a single mode are called single-mode fibers (SMF). Multi-mode fibers generally have a larger core diameter, and are used for short-distance communication links and for applications where high power must be transmitted. Single-mode fibers are used for most communication links longer than 550 metres (1,800 ft).

Joining lengths of optical fiber is more complex than joining electrical wire or cable. The ends of the fibers must be carefully cleaved, and then spliced together either mechanically or by fusing them together with an electric arc. Special connectors are used to make removable connections.

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SEACOM

Post by Robin on Sun Nov 22, 2009 9:52 pm

Hello Hafiz.

I hope you got what SEACOM means, but u can also say SEA COMMUNICATION...

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Re: Uganda's largest ISP signs onto SEACOM

Post by patiekats on Fri Nov 27, 2009 2:03 pm

so no more satelite communication cheap internet wooow
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Re: Uganda's largest ISP signs onto SEACOM

Post by hacker739 on Tue Jan 19, 2010 1:54 am

It's useless I wish orange had signed I love these guys they know what the
ey r doing da big is wide orange Internet 1mb this sweet
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