By SubTel Forum

According to, telecom investors and operators are questioning the benefit of the undersea fiber optic technology now being developed in Africa.  There are seven subsea cables with landing stations along the African coastline – SAT-3, Main One, GLO-1, the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy), the South Asia Telecom System (SEACOM), The Eastern African Marine Systems (TEAMS), and the West African Cable Systems (WACS) – each of these representing a multi-million dollar investment.

Telecom experts at Telecom World Africa 2009 in Cape Town, South Africa, have pointed out that high levels of illiteracy and poverty present a serious issue in internet demand.  With many carriers unable to pay for fiber optics and large parts of the continent unable to use the internet properly, they worry that most of the technology will go unused.

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