By Connect St. Helena

Doubts have arisen about the future of the planned South Atlantic Express (SAex)fibre optic cable after eFive Telecoms, the South African company behind the project, failed to reach its expected financial closure by the end of June.

The planned spur to St. Helena — which requires £10 million in funding — would provide two links from the remote island to the outside world: one to South Africa and one to Brazil, with each providing 100 GBit/s of bandwidth. Either one of the new links would be 5000 times faster than St. Helena’s current 20 MBit/s satellite link.

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