In just 5 years, submarine cables have brought a 20-fold increase in bandwidth in Africa (Infographic)

Digging deep (AP Photo/Vincent Yu)

Six years ago, the Sea Cable System (Seacom), the first undersea broadband cable along Africa’s eastern and Southern coastlines, was launched. At the time of its birth, its American-born founder Brian Herlihy raised eyebrows with his talk of building the first “pan-African undersea cable.”

It was Ivy Matsepe-Casaburi, the influential late South African Minister of Communications, who held the keys to Seacom’s launch. Matsepe-Casaburi was adamant that in South Africa–one of the key anchor countries for the cable network–no undersea cable would be allowed, unless it was majority owned by local, or African investors.

Read more: In just 5 years, submarine cables have brought a 20-fold increase in bandwidth in Africa – Quartz

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