By STANDARD REPORTER
Seacom and US-based digital optical networking equipment supplier Infinera have achieved a global first by successfully trialling the highest network speed ever.
The undersea cable transmitted 500 Gigabits per second its newly built network between KwaZulu-Natal and Gauteng.
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“This is a landmark achievement,” Seacom Chief executive Brian Herlihy said in a statement.
“It also signals the international science research and development community that global projects such as the Square Kilometre Array are well within Africa’s reach.”
The trial was run over and looped back across Seacom’s newly built 930-kilometre Dark Fibre Africa fibre route, which links the Seacom Mtunzini cable landing station on the coast of South Africa’s KwaZulu-Natal province to the Teraco data centre in Johannesburg.
“This demonstrates Seacom’s commitment to increase the pace at which African networks are deploying cutting-edge telecommunications infrastructure technology to support Africa’s rise as a business destination,” said Herlihy. Fibre optic transmission technologies have been developing to satisfy demand for large-capacity digital transmission.