Seacom Cable “go live” confirmed for 23rd July 2009.
Its official. On the 23rd of July 2009, the Internet in East Africa is going to get fast, really fast! This is because the Seacom high speed undersea cable will “go live” on that day and change the East African Internet experience as we know it. Imagine a scenario where you can download thousands of megabytes of internet data effortlessly via your mobile phone, wifi connection or fiber link to your home or office. Imagine streaming video and audio content with no buffering or erratic flows. Imagine making video phone calls to anyone around the world in real-time, for free. Imagine a situation where you watch live television or listen to radio stations on thousands of web channels worldwide, for free.
Consider the possibility of online jobs and businesses where you virtually commute to work, right from your home. Imagine doing your University Degree online virtually or educating your children through the Web. However, also consider that you may be competing with Indian Accountants or Chinese Architects for your next piece of business. You will find that your clients can now access services globally via the Internet in near real-time, and at half what you charge. You may end up outsourcing many of the core functions of your business, online, cheaply. All this will become possible. The cable is almost ready. Finally. The world as we know it is about to really change. I hope we’re ready for it.