Uganda Telecom and Rwandatel have purchased
up to 620 Mega bytes per second of capacity
on the Seacom fibre optic cable and secured
links from the landing point on the Kenyan coast
through to Kampala and Kigali.
The partnership between Seacom, UTL and RTL
now extends international connectivity
from the undersea cable throughout East Africa.
The link to Rwanda has been made possible
after Seacom secured rights to use
the terrestrial networks constructed by
the two players between Kampala and Kigali.
Under the terms of the deal, UTL and RTL,
both subsidiaries of the Libyan Africa Portfolio
LAP Green Networks will have immediate
access to the Seacom capacity.
Whilst Uganda has been connected to
the network since its commercial launch
on July 23, Seacom CEO Brian Herlihy expects
Rwanda to benefit from the broadband
capacity starting next month.
"This development is in line with
Seacom's objective to provide connectivity
solutions to landlocked countries across
the East and southern African region,"
said Mr Herlihy.
"The capacity purchase by Uganda Telecom
will dramatically modify the local
internet market," said Mr AbdulBaset Elazzabi,
LAP Green Networks and Uganda Telecom Ltd MD.
Rwandatel said; "we are excited
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