Category: Undersea Cables

Undersea fibre optics cable initiatives around Africa

Google, Facebook, and frickin’ Laser Beams

I have such a complicated relationship with Google and Facebook that I sometimes find it hard to write about them.  I don’t mean complicated in the sense of conflict of interest although it is true that one of the organisations...

/ 28 April 2014

African Undersea Cable Map Goes Non-Linear

I try not to be shocked any more at new announcements of undersea cable projects that are destined for African shores. But it's no good. I am gobstopped again with the announcement of the BRICs cable. I struggle now to...

/ 17 April 2012

Race for the South Atlantic - Which cable will be first to connect Africa with Brazil?

One of the less professional sounding quotes from me in the media in the last few months is the one to the right where I introduce the technical terms “bananas” into the undersea cable capacity discussions. For the record a...

/ 5 March 2012

African Undersea Cables – A History

A number of people have asked for a chronological version of the African Undersea Cables map.  Here’s one I made recently.  Feel free to use, adapt, improve. You can download the full presentation (in OpenOffice format) from Slideshare. African Undersea...

/ 1 March 2011

Undersea Cables Update

It has been a busy year in the world of African undersea cables as the timeline below of cable maps over the last year will attest. A lot has happened or more accurately plans and announcements for a lot have...

/ 11 February 2009