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Vol 47 No 21

Published 20th October 2006


No EASSY rider

Kenya and South Africa are in heated dispute over the control and cost of a crucial African development project - a fibre-optic cable to surround the continent and link it to the world by 2008. One of its main components, the East African Submarine System (EASSy), would place 9,900 kilometres of fibre beneath the sea, between Port Sudan in the north and Mtunzini in South Africa; it would link up with the SAT3 cable which starts in Portugal and connects West, Central and Southern Africa with Madagascar, India and Malaysia.

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