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Let the East African Bandwidth Pour Forth!

By Wayan Vota on July 16, 2009

If all goes according to plan, next Thursday July 23, 2009, when the Seacom cable is switched on, Internet bandwidth should pour forth from Mombassa all the way to Kampala, quenching the thrust of starved computer users in Kenyan and Uganda. Shortly afterwards, Kigali and Bujumbura will also share in this bandwidth bonanza, all thanks to Altech Stream East Africa.

No more need for these

Altech Stream East Africa is a partnership between Kenya Data Networks (an Inveneo partner), Infocom in Uganda and Altech Stream Rwanda, which has invested in a fiber optic cable from the Seacom landing point in Kenya all the way to Burundi, via Uganda and Rwanda. And the two quotes that Balancing Act Africa captured from the original East African Standard, have me doubly excited:

“It has got a capacity of 10,000 Mbps with a ping return time of seven milliseconds to Nairobi and 14 to Mombasa,” said Infocom’s Chief Executive Officer Hans Haerdtle.

“The price for the service will be the same wherever you will be either in Kenya, Uganda, Rwanda or Burundi,” said KDN chief executive officer, Kai Wulf

Imagine that – serious bandwidth at dirt-cheap rates all across East Africa. Not since the opening of the railroads or the invention of air travel will so much imagination and creativity be unleashed from the minds of East Africans. I can’t wait to be surprised at the content that will sprout and grow!

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Wayan Vota co-founded ICTworks. He also co-founded Technology Salon, MERL Tech, ICTforAg, ICT4Djobs, ICT4Drinks, JadedAid, Kurante, OLPC News and a few other things. Opinions expressed here are his own and do not reflect the position of his employer, any of its entities, or any ICTWorks sponsor.
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