SEAS cable linking Tanzania and the Seychelles goes live

21 August 2012 |


The Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable linking Beau Vallon on the main island of Mahé in the Seychelles with Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania, has entered commercial service, providing the Seychelles with its first subsea connection.

SEAS has substantially increased capacity to the Seychelles, which were previously reliant on satellite for connectivity. The estimated €27 million cable has also reduced the cost of providing broadband and internet services to consumers.

To coincide with the launch, Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC) announced that its local subsidiary had completed a two-year FTTC network project on the archipelago, supported by the 2,000km cable.

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

CWC said that it expected the FTTC network to improve broadband take up in the Seychelles, where internet penetration is estimated at around 30% of households and businesses.