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Mobile & Internet prices to go down by June 2009?

Discussion in 'Tech, Gadgets & Science Forum' started by Koba, Jan 10, 2009.

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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    Construction of the US$650 million Seacom undersea fibre-optic cable is well underway.

    The cable will link the continent with the rest of the world to bring down connectivity costs.

    A release from Shanduka Group, a black South African investment firm which owns 12.5% in Seacom said some 10,000 km of cable has been manufactured to-date at locations in the USA and Japan.

    Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc., the project contractors, started laying off-shore end cables at landing stations from September.

    As of last month, laying of the actual cable had began, but final splicing, which involves connecting all cable sections together, will happen in April next year.

    A press statement quoted Seacom president Brian Herlihy as saying that some important milestones have been reached, including the establishment of landing sites in Mozambique and Kenya.

    “Construction has started in Maputo and installation of prefabricated cable station buildings has commenced. In Mombasa, foundations are beginning for similar prefabricated stations, which are in-country, ready for installation on site in December,” he said.

    According to the statement, the containerised cable station modules were shipped from New Jersey to Africa in September.

    The remaining cable stations for South Africa and Tanzania are on their way to Africa, it said.

    At the moment, the eastern seaboard of Africa is the only part of continent without a submarine fiber-optic cable.

    This has forced the region to rely heavily on limited and expensive satellite links.

    As a result, countries along the coast and in its hinterland have some of the highest communications costs in the world.

    Even though fiber-optic links would drive down communication costs for businesses and consumers, it also could be a big opportunity for entrepreneurs.

    Nearly 90% of the Seacom cable has been manufactured, with entire network expected to connect all cable sections together off the horn of Africa by June next year.

    Seacom has recently done groundbreaking for landing stations in Kenya and Mozambique.

    This important milestone gave Seacom an actual land-based footprint that will allow Tyco Telecommunications to install the high-speed optical transmission equipment at these sites soon.

    Seacom, which is 76.25% Africa-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.

    Ten years ago, a study into African communications infrastructure estimated that $300-$400 million was being lost by African countries each year due to lack of direct connectivity on the continent.

    Cheap and available bandwidth will enable functioning of high definition TV (HDTV), peer to peer networks, and internet protocol television (IPTV) as well as tackle surging Internet demand.

    Pricing will be significantly lower than current satellite or fibre pricing.

    Secom’s efforts would be complemented by yet another important project, the 9,900km East Africa submarine (EASSy) undersea cable which is set to run from Port Sudan in the north to Durban.

    EASSy is the most advanced of all the sea cables proposed for the East and Southern African region and it will cost US$248 million.

    Upon completion, projected in the last quarter of 2009, it will, for the first time, bring faster and affordable Internet to about 250 million people in the region.
     
  2. Sanctus Mtsimbe

    Sanctus Mtsimbe Tanzanite Member

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    Mzalendo Koba;

    Hii thread yako ni nzuri sana ila nadhani wadau wengi wala hawajui SEACOM ni nini au hata Submarine Fibre. Nashauri ungebadili Title iwe ya Kiubunifu. Mfano inaweza kusomeka "BEI ZA INTERNET KUSHUKA JUNE 2009?"

    Ningependa kuongezea kuwa mbali ya initiative ya SEACOM pia kuna initiative ya TEAMS ambao wao pia wanaendelea kutoka kaskazini kama inavyoelezea katika Wikipedia:

     
  3. Kang

    Kang JF-Expert Member

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    Lets just pray our dear leaders pass on the savings to us! Unlimited Internet!!!!
     
  4. Kapinga

    Kapinga JF-Expert Member

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    if ur dear leader ndo watapata shares kwenye hii kitu..tusahau cheap internet...hicho ndo kinachoturudisha nyuma bongo...siasa kuingilia biashara..sasa tuna 7 mobile companies..je prices zimeshuka au promotion kibao tuu kila mwisho wa mwezi...TCRA do your work for once!! bongo internet imekuwa kama ufahari...something that should be super cheap!!
     
  5. Kang

    Kang JF-Expert Member

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    Internet bongo is expensive kwasababu hakuna cable inayotua Bongo, tunatumia Satellites kurusha data, zikianza kutua ndo mambo yatanyooka, (inshalah), tena ziko cable kama 3 sinakuja at almost the same time!! So kunaweza kukawa na price war wabongo tufarijike!!!
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    ...inakuja jamani,nafikiri maisha yatabadilika kwa namna fulani!

    Mobile phone users in Tanzania now expect less call charges via under-sea cables

    DAR ES SALAAM, Feb 18, 2009 (Xinhua via COMTEX

    Mobile phone users in Tanzania now expect less call charges via under-sea cables Mobile phone users in Tanzania now expect less call charges via under-sea cables Mobile phone users in Tanzania may now expect their call charges cut by a big margin, as much as 95 percent, thanks to the start of the laying of an under- sea optic fiber cable which will link the East African country with international broadband networks through high-speed telecommunications trunks.

    The cable laying project, that went underway in the northeast of the Dar es Salaam region on Tuesday, is expected to complete by June this year.

    The project is to cost Tanzania 840 billion shillings (672 million U.S. dollars).

    Anna Kahama, Seacom Tanzania managing director, told the public that the optic fibre cable will be able to reduce the mobile phone call costs by 95 percent.

    "Currently, satellite costs about 300 dollars per megabyte per second while the use of optic fibre cables will cost 100 dollars per megabyte per second," she added.

    The optic fibre cable will be connected to optic fiber cable centers in Mozambique and Kenya, the two neighboring countries along the Indian Ocean coast.

    Once complete, the optic cable system will link Tanzania with Southern and Eastern Africa, Europe and Southern Asia, and through these places to the rest of the world via a faster telecommunications system.
     
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    Koba JF-Expert Member

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    kwa wanaotaka details na kufuatilia hii project angalia

    SEACOM
     
  8. KiuyaJibu

    KiuyaJibu JF-Expert Member

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    Hii itasaidia sana,maana yake mawasiliano katika nchi ya Tanzania yamekuwa kitu cha anasa wakati katika hali ya kawaida siyo hivyo.Kwasababu,mawasiliano ni kichocheo kikubwa cha ukuaji wa uchumi katika nchi yeyote ile.

    Kama kweli tunatakata uchumi ukuue,hiki ni mojawapo ya kigezo kinachotakiwa kufanyiwa kazi kama hii thread inavyojieleza big up sana kwa SEACOM na TEAMS kwa kuliona hilo tatizo.

    Tatizo na wasiwasi wangu mamlaka husika TCRA sijui wanafanya nini huku ni kiamini kwamba wanajua mchango wa mawasiliano katika uchumi;upande wa pili wanasiasa nao vimeo kwelikweli,usije ukashangaa wakatia gundu katika mambo kama haya tuomba Mungu wanasiasa wabongo wasije kutuzingua kiasi wadau katika mradi husika wakaamua kughairi.
     
  9. Teamo

    Teamo JF-Expert Member

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    Tunasubiri tu kuona vitu vikitokea!
     
  10. Nyambala

    Nyambala JF-Expert Member

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    Huu mradi ni fantastic lakini usije ukakuta kuna wapumbavu flani wakataka kuukwamisha for political interests. Yaani wataona ni heri uchaguzi mkuu 2010 upite kwanza ndio hayo "mambo yenu ya internet ya bei poa yaendelee".
     
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    Nyauba JF-Expert Member

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    nyambala,

    big up kwa info za msingi. ni matumaini yangu kuwa huo mradi utakamilika kwa wakati na faida zake zianze kuonekana kwa watumiaji.

    IT has played a key role in the growth of SMEs in europe and america simply because of cheaper costs in using in business informations.

    hopeful our growing and prospect enterpreneurs will exploit this noble opportunities for their bness growth and sustainability.

    makampuni ya simu kwa kweli yamefaidi sana pia kwa kkutumia satelite link kucharge garama zao.

    TCRA iwe more visible and responsible katika regulation ya hii sector ili watumiaji wafaidike.
     
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    MzalendoHalisi JF-Expert Member

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    Hivi niulize Hinterland countries kama Zambia, Burundi...je watatandika pia hizi waya??

    Na tofauti kati ya ile ya baharini na ya nchi kavu ni nini?

    I am a lay person ktk haya mambo!
     
  13. Kapinga

    Kapinga JF-Expert Member

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    kuna kampuni za tanzania ambazo zitakuwa zinawarushia hao wa hinterlands! ujanja kuwahi so usiwe na wasi hofu yangu ni kwamba je bei za internet zitashuka..coz nchi yetu bwana sometime................
     
  14. LazyDog

    LazyDog JF-Expert Member

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    Tutegemee bei kupungua kutoka $3,000 hadi $100 kwa slot ya megabyte moja (1MB per second) ifikapo 2010.




    Kwa habari zaidi bofya hapa,
    Kampuni ya SEACOM Tanzania yaanza kutandaza waya wa mawasiliano fibre optic Cable!!


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