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EXCITING Seacom Goes Live – Get Ready Africa – Collaboration and Connectivity are Here

July 23, 2009
at 12:00 pm PST

Post by Yvon le Roux, Vice President, Emerging MarketsIn my role as vice president of Cisco’s Africa and Levant region, I’m fortunate to meet dynamic people from across the region face-to-face and via TelePresence. I hear inspiring stories of how technology is improving lives, and I feel proud of the role we play in assisting in country transformation, providing the backbone to a human network where technology empowers people to connect, process and share information.I was honored to address the launch ceremony of the Seacom submarine cable in Tanzania this week. It was a major announcement, as SEACOM will provide the catalyst for African consumers, business and government to realise the benefits of connectivity and collaboration across the globe. I shared the stage with His Excellency, President Kikwete of Tanzania and Brian Herlihy, the CEO of SEACOM. We simultaneously addressed dignitaries, partners and journalists situated at venues in Tanzania, Uganda, Kenya, Mozambique and South Africa.Cisco and SEACOM jointly built a voice, data and video platform for this launch, relying on the Seacom network to create a collaborative environment to stream live video over Internet Protocol to the five launch locations. The Cisco team supplied routers, switches, DMS equipment and encoders for this launch. The benefits of Seacom’s 1,28 Terabytes per second (Tb/s), 17,000 kilometers, submarine fiber optic cable system are far reaching, and its far more than simply installing broadband in homes and offices. It’s about the people of Africa, bringing networks to them, changing lives and about improving how nations plan public services, health care, transportation, construction, and even sporting events.Take health care as a primary example. Broadband is key to the success of telemedicine, as it will provide communities with multichannel access to a wide range of health care services. This milestone will help improve collaboration among health workers as well as provide for greater capability for self-treatment and improvements in primary care. This improvements will help optimize the performance of health care service as a whole, resulting in a healthier and economically stronger nation. There is no doubt it is an exciting and truly transformational time for Africa. John Chambers, our President and CEO, says that ‘Education and the Internet are the two equalizers in life’. As a company, Cisco is firmly committed to advancing the Human Network in Africa. I look forward to sharing more of this excitement with you over the next few days and months.

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  1. Good to know. I was speaking with a client last week who does volunteer work in Uganda during the summer months teaching English in elementary and primary schools over there. She was mentioning how hard it is go get internet access to the classrooms. Bureaucracy & red tape, bribery, you name it. I hope this effort trickles down to the average school kid over there.

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  2. I think commoditazion in the media industry is caused by media companies adopting an ad-based internet business model.

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  3. Tb/s = Terabits per second. You just misreported the figure by a factor or 8.How did you get into an IT company?!

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  4. Hi,I would like to know when Cisco Live Networks 2009 conference takes place in South Africa.Thanks

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