http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 13.04Change: -0.16
R/$ = 12.07Change: -0.10
Au 1204.60 $/ozChange: 1.40
Pt 1170.50 $/ozChange: 4.00
 
 
Note: Search is limited to the most recent 250 articles. Set date range to access earlier articles.
Where? With... When?








Start
 
End
 
 
And must exclude these words...
Close Main Search
Close Main Login
My Profile News Alerts Newsletters Logout Close Main Profile
 
Agriculture   Automotive   Chemicals   Competition Policy   Construction   Defence   Economy   Electricity   Energy   Environment   ICT   Metals   Mining   Science and Technology   Services   Trade   Transport & Logistics   Water  
What's On Press Office Tenders Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Letters Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Jun 12, 2009

New undersea cables to lower cost of doing business in SA – Neotel chief

Back
Neotel CEO Ajay Pandey discuessed the future of bandwidth in South Africa
 
 
 
Engineering|Africa|Cable|PROJECT|System|Africa|Cable|Cables
Engineering|Africa|Cable|PROJECT|System|Africa|Cable|Cables
engineering|africa-company|cable|project|system|africa|cable-product|cables
© Reuse this



South Africa could look forward to increased telecommunications connectivity, as the country should have three of four undersea cables coming into the country in the next 12 months, to 24 months, said Neotel CEO Ajay Pandey, addressing delegates at a South African Institute of Electrical Engineers breakfast on Friday.

These undersea cables would lower the cost of international connectivity, and boost bandwidth, which would allow faster download speeds, and could significantly lower the cost of doing business.

“The prices of accessing Internet, the speeds at which people would be accessing the Internet - I think that would be that much more consumer friendly,” said Pandey.

He added that this could trigger a new wave of growth in the industries of information technology (IT), and business process outsourcing (BPO).

These four undersea cables that could be operational in South Africa in the next few years were the SAT-3 cable, which is already operational and lands at Melkbosstrand near Cape Town, and has a capacity of 120Gbs/s.

Second, was the privately owned Seacom cable, which was scheduled for switch-on at the end of June, and stretches from the UK, France and India, and along the East Coast of Africa to KwaZulu-Natal.

“Seacom, is going to change the way business is done in terms of availability of international bandwidth. It’s phenomenal,” Pandey added.

Third, was the East African submarine cable system (Eassy), from the Sudan along the east Coast of Africa, terminating in South Africa, with an expected capacity of 1,4Tb/s, and anticipated to be ready by June 2010.

The fourth possible undersea cable was the $600-million West African Cable System (Wacs), with a tremendous capacity of 3,84Tb/s, that would bring bandwidth from the UK along the West Coast of Africa, and terminate in South Africa.

Pandey emphasised that Neotel was the only company among South African telecoms players which had a link in each of the four submarine cables that will connect with South Africa. In fact, Neotel is the anchor tenant for the Seacom cable at Mtunzini in KwaZulu-Natal, where the cable joins the beach. Neotel has constructed a terrestrial network from KwaZulu-Natal to Gauteng, and the cable’s capacity will continue on to Neotel’s newly constructed data centre in Midrand.

“Seacom … is phenomenal. It is a physical cable, kept inside the ocean close to the sea bed, it's an engineering marvel,” enthused Pandey, appreciating the engineering intricacy of the project.

South Africa has, to date, relied on the SAT-3 cable for international connectivity.

“I think the higher cost of telecommunications have been a big hindrance to what is called the BPO industry, and the IT industry getting off the ground here in South Africa. We are sitting on multiple advantages, on the same time zone as Europe, multiple languages … What was hampering, was the cost of telecommunications,” he reiterated.

Edited by: Mariaan Webb
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines (150 word limit)
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other Video News
More
 
 
Latest News
Updated 7 minutes ago US shareholder adviser ISS has recommended Holcim investors back the Swiss cement maker's proposed merger with France's Lafarge ahead of next month's shareholder vote on the $40-billion tie-up. Backing from ISS is a boost to Zurich-based Holcim as it seeks to win the...
Minister Nhlanhla Nene
Updated 13 minutes ago As one of the most under-developed regions, the African continent must find new ways to reduce its dependence on aid and ensure the sustainable development of the continent’s resources. “A significant part of those resources have to come through taxation,” Finance...
Moses Mabhida Stadium
Updated 16 minutes ago The eThekwini municipality will invest R8.7-million in placing solar photovoltaic (PV) panels at the Moses Mabhida Stadium, uShaka Marine World, Kings Park swimming pool, the Metro Police headquarters, eThekwini Water and Sanitation’s (EWS’s) customer service block...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Steel 2015: A review of South Africa's steel sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Steel 2015 report provides an overview of the key developments in the global steel industry and particularly of South Africa’s steel sector over the past year, including details of production and consumption, as well as the country's primary carbon...
Projects in Progress 2015 - First Edition (PDF Report)
In fact, this edition of Creamer Media’s Projects in Progress 2015 supplement tracks developments taking place under the Renewable Energy Independent Power Producer Procurement Programme, which has had four bidding rounds. It appears to remain a shining light on the...
Electricity 2015: A review of South Africa's electricity sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Electricity 2015 report provides an overview of State-owned power utility Eskom and independent power producers, as well as electricity planning, transmission, distribution and the theft thereof, besides other issues.
Construction 2015: A review of South Africa’s construction sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Construction 2015 Report examines South Africa’s construction industry over the past 12 months. The report provides insight into the business environment; the key participants in the sector; local construction demand; geographic diversification;...
Liquid Fuels 2014 - A review of South Africa's Liquid Fuels sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Liquid Fuels 2014 Report examines these issues, focusing on the business environment, oil and gas exploration, the country’s feedstock supplies, the development of South Africa’s biofuels industry, fuel pricing, competition in the sector, the...
Water 2014: A review of South Africa's water sector (PDF Report)
Creamer Media’s Water 2014 report considers the aforementioned issues, not only in the South African context, but also in the African and global context, and examines the issues of water and sanitation, water quality and the demand for water, among others.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Today’s organisations execute projects within increasingly complex environments – particularly in the engineering sector. The ability to successfully execute these projects is what drives the realisation of successful projects and, ultimately, the achievement of...
SMART DISTRIBUTION Providing funds to introduce smart grid technologies in the absence of a clearly defined strategy will not result in the desired outcome
South Africa’s distribution grid is a twentieth-century relic, which must be changed to serve the country’s modern electricity needs, says South African National Energy Development Institute (Sanedi) Smart Grid Programme manager Dr Minnesh Bipath. “What we are...
There is a disparity in government funding provided to integrated transport networks – bus rapid transit (BRT) networks ¬¬– and that given to conventional bus services, says Putco executive director Thys Heyns. “We have neglected and strangled conventional bus...
The Johannesburg Social Housing Company (Joshco) is building 502 rental housing units, valued at R200-million, in Dobsonville, Soweto, which are scheduled for completion in June 2016.
Automotive component manufacturer and distributor Metair is centralising its research and development (R&D) work in Turkey, in an attempt to bolster the company’s ability to produce affordable start/stop batteries. The new R&D centre is part of an expansion plan in...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Alert Close
Embed Code Close
content
Research Reports Close
Research Reports are a product of the
Research Channel Africa. Reports can be bought individually or you can gain full access to all reports as part of a Research Channel Africa subscription.
Find Out More Buy Report
 
 
Close
Engineering News
Completely Re-Engineered
Experience it now. Click here
*website to launch in a few weeks
Subscribe Now for $96 Close
Subscribe Now for $96