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CAPE TOWN, South Africa — Africa is the only continent that still has a severe lack of telecommunications connectivity. The region is particularly hamstrung by insufficient infrastructure and the resultant impact this has on the ability to provide broadband services.

“Due to these constraints, most of Africa's population is anticipated to have their first experience with the internet through the mobile channel,” says Frost & Sullivan (http://www.ict.frost.com/) industry analyst Lindsey Mc Donald. “This is however about to change when the first undersea cable lands in June this year. And this is only the first of many.”

To offer decision makers a comprehensive overview of the anticipated impact of the undersea cables on Africa's information and communications industries, the ICT Group at Frost & Sullivan will be hosting an online analyst briefing on Wednesday 13 May 2009 at 2:00 pm BST/ 3:00pm CAT.

“The African continent has waited with bated breath for the landing of various undersea cables,” Mc Donald says. “The introduction of increased bandwidth to the continent is a significant milestone for the telecommunications industry and promises to see the delivery of new services such as the delivery of virtualization and software as a service.”

Highlights of the briefing will include details on when the cables are expected to land and what level of service provision they will facilitate. The briefing will also outline the manner in which access to the cables can be achieved. Corporate attendees will benefit from the insights into which services are likely to become a reality on the African continent once the cables come into operation.

The presentation will be of particular benefit to IT service providers and smaller telecommunications operators, but will be of interest to all senior management in the ICT industry.

To participate, please email Patrick Cairns at [email protected] with the following information: your full name, company name, title, telephone number, e-mail, address, city and country. Upon receipt of the above information, a registration link will be e-mailed to you. You may also register to receive a recorded version of the briefing at anytime by submitting the aforementioned contact details.

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