- A new subsea cable connecting Sri Lanka with the Maldive Islands might turn out to be the the first leg of a new Africa-Asia cable. The US$ 20 million, 850 kilometres cable owned by Sri Lanka Telecom and Dhiraagu Telecom of Maldives, is due to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2007.
"This cable has a 10 Gigabit capacity, but it can be expanded to a terabit because there is a possibility that we can connect to the African side, via Maurtius, Seychelles, Madagascar and also South Africa," said the chief executive of Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) Suhei Anan according to report from 'TelecomTV'.
Mr Anan says such an expansion beyond the Maldives could be undertaken with Dhiraagu and African partners within five years. NEC of Japan is the lead contractor and KTS of Korea is laying the cable.
Meanwhile, Reliance Communications has sold over half the capacity on its Falcon cable in the three months since it was launched. Reliance says it has sold over 45 gigabits of the 90 gigabits lit on the 10,000 kilometres India-Middle East submarine. The cable ultimately can be upgraded to 2.56 terabits.
Reliance's two cable systems - Flag and Falcon - have recorded over US$ 450 million of sales in the year to date, and many of Falcon's sales have come from incumbent operators in Saudi Arabia, Oman, Kuwait and Bahrain.
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afrol News - It is already a crime being homosexual in Ethiopia, but parliament is now making sure the anti-gay laws will be applied in practical life. No pardoning of gays will be allowed in future, but activist fear this only is a signal of further repression being prepared.
afrol News / Africa Renewal - Ethiopia's ambitious plan to build a US$ 4.2 billion dam in the Benishangul-Gumuz region, 40 km from its border with Sudan, is expected to provide 6,000 megawatts of electricity, enough for its population plus some excess it can sell to neighbouring countries.