SEACOM and Tyco Telecommunications Connect East Africa to the World

NEW YORK & MORRISTOWN, N.J.–(BUSINESS WIRE)–SEACOM, Ltd, and its supplier, Tyco Telecommunications, a business segment of Tyco Electronics Ltd. and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, today announced they have completed the installation, testing and commissioning of Phase 1 of the SEA Cable System. This milestone marks the conclusion of a comprehensive test program, which verified connectivity and compliance with all transmission requirements, while moving South and East Africa a significant step closer toward achieving increased international connectivity.

“We are extremely pleased to be in the final stages of this project, which will make massive new bandwidth available in South and East Africa,” said Brian Herlihy, President, SEACOM, Ltd. “Following Tyco Telecommunications’ hand-off of the system, and as of today, we will activate the cable for international use, and we are currently in the midst of final preparations with our customers toward that end. We look forward to meeting the overwhelming demand for increased, high-quality bandwidth and witnessing the positive effects it has throughout the region.”

The 13,700 km SEA Cable System will link the South and East African countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya and Djibouti with India and Egypt. With 1.28 Tbps of capacity, the system will have many times the capacity of the sole existing cable in the region, granting greater access to inexpensive bandwidth needed for high demand services and supporting African economic growth.

“We are proud to be part of the SEA Cable System project” said Debbie Brask, Managing Director of Project Management, Tyco Telecommunications. “The system, which was designed and installed using Tyco Telecommunications’ state-of-the-art technology, will undoubtedly provide businesses and citizens in South and East Africa alike with the capabilities they need to communicate with the rest of the world and participate in the global marketplace.”


SEACOM, which is privately funded and over three quarter African owned, will assist communication carriers in south and east Africa through the sale of wholesale international capacity to global networks via India and Europe. The undersea fibre optic cable system will provide African retail carriers with equal and open access to inexpensive bandwidth, removing the international infrastructure bottleneck and supporting east and southern African economic growth.

SEACOM will be the first cable to provide broadband to countries in east Africa which, at the moment, rely entirely on expensive satellite connections. Within Africa, South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya are inter-connected via a protected ring structure. Additionally, a second express fibre pair is provided from South Africa to Kenya. These two fibre pairs have a combined capacity of 1.28Tbs. Express fibre pairs are also provided from Kenya to France into a PoP in Marseilles, and from Tanzania to India into the PoP in Mumbai. SEACOM has procured fibre capacity from Marseilles to London as part of the SEACOM network.

SEACOM’s enormous capacity will enable high definition TV, peer to peer networks, IPTV, and surging Internet demand. Pricing will be significantly lower than current satellite or fibre pricing.

SEACOM will be ready to serve southern and east African markets from July 2009, well in time to meet the bandwidth needs of the 2010 Soccer World Cup in South Africa, and the growing requirements of the economies in the countries it will serve.

SEACOM is 76.25% African owned by:

· Industrial Promotion Services (26.56%), an arm of the Aga Khan Fund for Economic Development

· Venfin Limited (25%)

· Convergence Partners (12.5%)

· Shanduka Group (12.5%)

The remaining 23.44% is held by Herakles Telecom LLC.

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