SAT-3/WASC

Internet blackout in Niger:  Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable
Internet blackout in Niger: Niger’s dependence on the damaged Beninese fibre optic cable 13 October 2009 LC

Internet blackoutSince July 2009, Niger and its neighbouring countries such as Benin, Togo and Nigeria have suffered an internet blackout owing to damage to the undersea SAT-3 cable, which links Europe to South Africa via several West African countries, giving them access to high-speed internet. The SAT-3 cable has no landing point in Niger, which is landlocked, but it does land in Benin, a bordering country through which Niger is connected, and which was logically also affected by damage to...

The case for “open access” in Africa: Mauritius case study
The case for “open access” in Africa: Mauritius case study 26 September 2008 Russell Southwood

Mauritius, Cyber Island. Photo: KhayaL on FlickrAs other African countries along the SAT-3 submarine internet cable struggle with the high costs of monopolised international bandwidth, Mauritius has encouraged a lowering of prices through price-setting. But Mauritius Telecom had lowered its rates even before the government scale came into effect. The Cyber Island has seen a significant increase in its call centre and outsourcing sectors. Can Mauritius provide lessons to countries that are loo...

Why African governments need to listen to the case for "open access" to international communications infrastructure
Why African governments need to listen to the case for "open access" to international communications infrastructure 25 September 2008 Lisa Thornton

Abiodun Jagun The African continent is one of the least connected – and when it is connected the costs tend to be higher than in most other parts of the world. In May 2008, the Association for Progressive Communications released the results of the study – The Case for “Open Access” Communications – Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC Cable. The briefing report, wr...

Internet in Africa:  A well-organised racket
Internet in Africa: A well-organised racket 16 September 2008 Frédéric Dubois

Illustration: Matias Bervejillo for APCIbrahima Yade climbs the stairs leading to the floor where his small company, SeneLogic, is housed. A start-up social economics company, whose slogan is “La sénégalaise des logiciels libres” [The Senegalese of free software]. From his height of two metres, Ibrahima, the forty-year old, tells his four younger colleagues that the software development s...

Submission to the ITU: The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable
Submission to the ITU: The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable 23 May 2008 Abiodun Jagun

This paper, The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable, commissioned by APC, was submitted to and circulated through the ITU Telecom Africa Conference 2008. It was later published, with more detailed information, together with four case studies (Angola, Cameroon, Senegal and Ghana) on the APC website in our research section.

The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable
The Case for “Open Access” Communications Infrastructure in Africa: The SAT-3/WASC cable 15 May 2008 Abiodun Jagun

Submarine cables serving Africa in 2007 (APC)This study examining the impact the SAT-3 fibre optic submarine cable has had on telecommunications in four African countries has found that the potential of the cable has not been properly exploited. Instead, ownership of the cable by telecoms incumbents in the countries researched has reinforced their market positions. The study analyses the effec...

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