South Sudan plans fibre-optic link to cut internet costs

23 Jan 2013

The government of South Sudan is looking to deploy a fibre-optic network connecting the capital Juba with submarine cables in east Africa, in a bid to reduce the high cost of internet services in the landlocked country. ‘We are targeting this year, within this year, that we will be connected to the submarine cable,’ Juma Stephen, undersecretary at the Ministry of Telecommunication and Postal Services, told news agency Reuters, adding: ‘Construction of fibre-optic cables will more than halve internet prices and make it twice as fast.’ South Sudan, which officially gained independence from Sudan in July 2011, currently relies on slow and expensive satellite links for international bandwidth. Stephen said the government is carrying out a feasibility study on whether to connect with submarine cables (such as The East African Marine System [TEAMS], Eastern Africa Submarine System [EASSy] and SEACOM) in Djibouti or Kenya’s Indian Ocean port of Mombasa.

South Sudan, Ministry of Telecommunication & Postal Services (MOTPS),

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