As we all know, good news from Africa in the Western media is rare.
So this brief piece should cheer us all up:
“The first fiber-optic cables connecting East Africa to the rest of the world were switched on Thursday, bringing hopes of cheaper and faster communications to some of the globe’s least connected. The 9,300-mile cables, run by Seacom, a private company, will connect the region to India, Europe and the Middle East.”
The impact of this ought to be dramatic: Cheaper internet connections for entrepreneurs.
For those of you that didn’t know, parts of East Africa have been somewhat hamstrung in the race towards globalisation.
This is because when the dot.com boom funded internet cabling firms (such as WorldCom) wired up most of the world in the late 1990’s and early 2000’s, they didn’t lay any cables to east Africa. There was, apparently, no business case to do so.
Now it seems, there is. Good news.