Deployment of the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) international submarine cable has begun, after the project’s technology partner Alcatel-Lucent reported in a blog that the cable has been loaded on to cable ship CS Ile de Sein, which will lay the undersea fibre-optic link between Dar-es-Salaam and the Seychelles next month. The 1,900km route between the island nation and the African mainland is expected to be completed in mid-May, enabling high speed direct access to the internet and cheaper bandwidth; the 115-isle Seychelles archipelago has so far relied on expensive satellite connections for its domestic and international communications needs. Benjamin Choppy, the Seychelles’ ICT secretary and head of the cable’s owner, Submarine Cable System (SCS), announced after a visit onboard the cable ship: ‘[SEAS] is a milestone in our development as a country and… is perceived by the government as a strategic asset. It will address a growing demand locally for capacity which is, not surprisingly, driven by social networking, grid computing, online-gaming etc. In addition, Seychelles has been developing its financial sector; with this cable we expect to deliver the quality of service we need to support the further development in this sector and will also make novel business opportunities like data warehousing and call centres possible.’
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