http://www.engineeringnews.co.za
  SEARCH
Login
R/€ = 14.19Change: -0.02
R/$ = 10.57Change: -0.04
Au 1305.35 $/ozChange: 6.47
Pt 1489.50 $/ozChange: 16.00
 
 
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 Suppliers Directory Research Jobs Announcements Contact Us
 
 
 
RSS Feed
Article   Comments   Other News   Research   Magazine  
 
 
Aug 31, 2007

Now Angola, Namibia, Botswana mull global fibre alternative

Back
Cape Town|Luanda|Swakop|Africa|Cable|Marine|Africa|Angola|Botswana|Namibia|Portugal|South Africa|Spain|United States|USD|Submarine Communications|Telecommunications|Namibian Cabinet|Cable|Broadband|Broadband Access
|Africa|Cable|Marine|Africa|||||Cable|
cape-town|luanda|swakop|africa-company|cable|marine|africa|angola|botswana|namibia|portugal|south-africa|spain|united-states|usd|submarine-communications|telecommunications|namibian-cabinet|cable-product|broadband|broadband-access
© Reuse this Namibia, Botswana and Angola are mulling over an alternative international broadband connectivity route to the SAT-3 to counter high costs of telecommunications, the Namibian Cabinet said earlier this month.

It said in a statement that the costs of routing calls through Cape Town to the SAT-3 cable have become “unsustainable”.

Rates on the SAT-3 fibre-optic cable are distance related.

According to the Namibian Cabinet’s statement, Angola, Botswana and Namibia are now considering the option of connecting to the SAT-3 cable at Luanda, in Angola.

The SAT-3 – or the South Atlantic 3 West African Marine Cable – is a submarine communications cable linking Portugal and Spain to South Africa, with connections to several West African countries along the route.

Industry experts say that prices for SAT-3 bandwidth in the African countries it serves are high, at about $4 500 to $12 000 per Mbps each month, which is over 50 times higher than bandwidth prices in the US.

Although Telecom Namibia holds a stake in SAT-3, Namibia has no landing point. The country’s Internet users currently have no access to the SAT-3 cable because Telecom Namibia would have to buy capacity from South Africa’s Telkom, but, owing to Telkom’s high prices, has hitherto refused to do so.

The Namibian Cabinet has mandated the government to enter into discussions with Botswana and Angola to possibly secure a SAT-3 landing point in the country.

The three Southern African countries have already had four rounds of discussions on the issue since July.

The proposal on the table would be to use the Angolan Domestic Cable Network (ADONES) as the basis for SAT-3 connectivity at Luanda, with an extension of the ADONES from the Namibe area to the coastal town of Swakop-mund.

“Namibia wants cost-effective and reliable broadband access to global information and communication technology networks based on competitive rates, as well as reliable and predictable access,” says the statement released by the Namibian Cabinet.

A memorandum of understanding has already been signed by the three countries regarding coopera-tion on regional broadband connectivity.
Edited by: Martin Zhuwakinyu
© Reuse this Comment Guidelines
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
Other News This Week News
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
More
 
 
Latest News
Numsa general secretary Irvin Jim
Updated 5 hours ago South African engineering union Numsa has agreed to end a four-week strike after accepting a wage increase offer from employers, union leader Irvin Jim said on Monday. Numsa, South Africa's largest union, has accepted a 10% annual pay rise fixed for three years for...
Updated 5 hours ago Trade union Solidarity on Monday accepted the Steel and Engineering Industries Federation of South Africa’s (Seifsa’s) revised wage offer. The three-year wage agreement, settled within the Metal and Engineering Industries Bargaining Council (MEIBC), comprised...
Rob Davies
Updated 6 hours ago South Africa will use the upcoming US-Africa Leaders' Summit, which will also encompass the 2014 edition of the Africa Growth and Opportunity Act (Agoa) Forum, to appeal for a 15-year extension of the nonreciprocal trade arrangement, as well as South Africa’s...
More
 
 
Recent Research Reports
Real Economy Year Book 2014 (PDF Report)
This edition drills down into the performance and outlook for a variety of sectors, including automotive, construction, electricity, transport, steel, water, coal, gold, iron-ore and platinum.
Real Economy Insight: Automotive 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the automotive industry over the past 12 months, including an overview of South Africa’s automotive market, trade figures, production and the policies influencing the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Construction 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the construction industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the sector and includes details of employment in the sector, infrastructure and municipal spending, as well as insight into companies’...
Real Economy Insight: Electricity 2014 (PDF Report)
This five-page brief covers key developments in the electricity industry over the past 12 months, including details of State-owned power utility Eskom’s generation activities, funding and tariffs, independent power producers and prospects for the sector.
Real Economy Insight: Road and Rail 2014 (PDF Report)
This six-page brief covers key developments in the road and rail industries over the past 12 months, including details of South Africa’s road and rail network and prospects for both sectors.
Real Economy Insight: Steel 2014 (PDF Report)
This four-page brief covers key developments in the steel industry over the past 12 months. It provides an overview of the global and South African steel and stainless steel markets, South Africa’s major steel producers and events that have shaped these markets.
 
 
 
 
 
This Week's Magazine
Multinational semiconductor chipmaker corporation Intel announced its national campaign to further acquire partners to drive its She Will Connect programme, an initiative that aims to expand digital literacy skills to young women in developing countries, further into...
South Africa's MeerKAT radio telescope array programme should get back on schedule within a few months. This assurance has been given by SKA South Africa (SKA SA) associate director: science and technology Prof Justin Jonas. Early last month, Science and Technology...
The Passenger Rail Agency of South Africa’s (PRASA’s) Metrorail service will remain a subsidised service following its current multibillion-rand rolling stock, station, depot and signalling upgrade programme. PRASA group CEO Lucky Montana has allayed fears that...
GARYN RAPSON Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will open the door for court battles to determine who will be held liable for the remediation
The uncertainties around the remediation of affected areas as addressed in the Contaminated Land Provisions in the National Environmental Management: Waste Act No 59 of 2008 will possibly spark litigation and disputes between landowners and businesses, contractors...
South Africa is currently the largest component of the African Development Bank’s (AfDB’s) active portfolio in Southern Africa, comprising 62.5% of the bank’s $7.9-billion exposure to the 12-country region – the second largest beneficiary is Mauritius, which...
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
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