Broadband upgrade for Seychelles

internet  JustinMartyThe project has created an opportunity to deliver faster broadband speeds in Seychelles. (Image source: JustinMarty/Flickr)Cable & Wireless Seychelles has completed a nationwide Fibre To The Curb (FTTC) network in the Seychelles

The project has taken two years to complete and will ensure access of broadband services to increased number of households. It has also created an opportunity to deliver faster broadband speeds across Seychelles.

The FTTC network will be fed by the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) subsea cable network, which has now entered commercial service.

The 2,000km SEAS cable will link Beau Vallon, a bay on the main island of Mahé, with Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.

The SEAS system has increased the capacity for data traffic to and from the islands, which has reduced the cost of providing broadband and other internet-based services.

These new networks will be expected to improve broadband services in Seychelles, which was previously reliant on satellite connections. Internet penetration has been estimated to currently stand at around 30 per cent of households and business establishment.

Cable & Wireless Seychelles chief executive, Charles Hammond, said, “Our countrywide fibre broadband network, supported by the new SEAS cable, represents a huge step forward for telecoms in the Seychelles. It will support the growth in demand for fixed and mobile broadband usage across the islands as well as provide better telecom connections for businesses both locally and internationally.” 

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