By SubTel Forum

The East African is reporting that despite the recent launch of the SEACOM submarine cable system, many east African nations are unprepared to take advantage of the improved bandwidth.  Africa Online, an ICT firm linking consumers to SEACOM, stated that Kenya has only a single terrestrial link to SEACOM, and it is already overwhelmed with traffic.

Africa Online general manager in Kenya, Ken Muny said “Development of in-country telecommunication infrastructure, local content, growth and appetite for services other than browsing and e-mail, and regulation aimed at enforcing competition and ensuring the quality of service are all critical if the region is to realise the effect of this important development.  It is perhaps time we qualified the benefits to the different players and articulated what is achievable now and what will have to wait till the necessary infrastructure is in place.”

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