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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.

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5 Comments

  1. July 15, 2009 at 7:06 am — Reply

    I am yet to fully know the business opportunities presented into Kenya by the Seacom Cable & The Fibre optice cable. Who has ideas?

  2. July 15, 2009 at 11:20 am — Reply

    Outsourcing IT services to Kenya from Europe finally possible! Kenya has the advantage of nearly no time difference to Europe (compared to India).

  3. July 15, 2009 at 11:54 am — Reply

    @lamusoftware, thats for sure. Things are going to change!

  4. July 22, 2009 at 7:10 pm — Reply

    but the price are still going to be up even though there is over 90% of reduction of charges from $5000 to $200 per mb per month, yet KDN is going to sell the same for $600 to ISPs after purchasing it from seacom at $200-$300! thats double!

  5. Willie
    July 23, 2009 at 1:35 am — Reply

    Think of it as a “free ride” to mombasa. Everyone can get on the bus and go, but only the smart one’s will use the opportunity for business. The prices of internet are already being quoted at a 10th of the current prices (1MB was roughly 4-6000 dollars a month or 420,000). Now its being sold at around 600 dollars (42,000).

    I think at first everyone will get excited and surf till their eyes want to pop out… there’ll be a deluge of video, image and software downloads by one and all… then as the dust settles… the big question will be “what am I gaining from this?”, then… and only then… will people begin to create businesses out of the opportunties.

    This doesn’t apply to all. Some are already 10 steps ahead in the plans.

    May the smart ones win!

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