Seacom and Tyco Telecommunications complete Phase 1 of SEA Cable System

JULY 23, 2009 -- The completion of installation and testing marks the availability of 1.28 Tbps of bandwidth capacity for South and East Africa.

JULY 23, 2009 -- Tyco Telecommunications (search Lightwave for Tyco Telecommunications), a business segment of Tyco Electronics Ltd. and SEACOM Ltd. have completed the installation, testing, and commissioning of Phase 1 of the SEA Cable System (see "SEACOM and Tyco Telecommunications begin African undersea cable construction" ). This marks the conclusion of a comprehensive test program, which verified connectivity and compliance with all transmission requirements, while moving South and East Africa a step closer toward achieving increased international connectivity.

The 13,700-km SEA Cable System will link the South and East African countries of South Africa, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, and Djibouti with India and Egypt. With 1.28 Tbps of capacity, the system will have many times the capacity of the sole existing cable in the region, granting greater access to inexpensive bandwidth needed for high-demand services and supporting African economic growth.

"We are extremely pleased to be in the final stages of this project, which will make massive new bandwidth available in South and East Africa," says Brian Herlihy, president, SEACOM. "Following Tyco Telecommunications' handoff of the system, and as of today, we will activate the cable for international use, and we are currently in the midst of final preparations with our customers toward that end. We look forward to meeting the overwhelming demand for increased, high-quality bandwidth and witnessing the positive effects it has throughout the region."

"We are proud to be part of the SEA Cable System project," says Debbie Brask, managing director of project management, Tyco Telecommunications. "The system, which was designed and installed using Tyco Telecommunications' state-of-the-art technology, will undoubtedly provide businesses and citizens in South and East Africa alike with the capabilities they need to communicate with the rest of the world and participate in the global marketplace."

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