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Undersea fiber optic cable system to connect South and East Africa to global networks in India, Middle East and Europe

MORRISTOWN, NJ - April 13, 2007 --

Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, announced today it was awarded the SEACOM marine survey by Herakles Telecom, LLC. The 13,000 km marine survey commences the development of the undersea fiber optic network which will provide high capacity bandwidth connectivity between South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, India and Europe. 
SEACOM will complement communication carriers of South and East Africa through the sale of wholesale international capacity to global networks eastward through India and westward through the Mediterranean. The system will provide African retail carriers with equal and open access to inexpensive bandwidth, removing the international infrastructure bottleneck and supporting East and South African economic growth. SEACOM intends to design, construct, own and operate a privately funded submarine fiber optic cable system.
“East and South African user demand for international bandwidth, whether for business, institution or individual use, has greatly surpassed the existing supply,” explains Brian Herlihy, Vice President, Herakles Telecom, LLC. “SEACOM, as an international submarine cable system, will provide significant supply at affordable prices. The system will deliver infrastructure support for the growth of the information and communication technology sector, in particular Business Process Outsourcing, call center, pharmaceutical research industries and education networks.” 
 “Our teams have mobilized the marine assets and survey operations are underway,” explains Michael Rieger, vice president, sales, marketing and project management, Tyco Telecommunications. “Tyco Telecommunications is proud to be associated with the first major submarine cable infrastructure system linking the countries in East Africa. The SEACOM design will facilitate reliable global connectivity to all regions of the world.”

About Tyco Telecommunications
Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services, is a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements.
Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, Tyco Telecommunications has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 80 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. Tyco Telecommunication's global presence, backed by industry leading research and development laboratories, manufacturing facilities, installation and maintenance ships, depots, and management team work together to implement integrated solutions and network upgrades, with unsurpassed reliability, that support the needs of telecommunications, Internet providers, offshore and science customers worldwide.
For more information visit www.tycotelecom.com

About SEACOM
SEACOM intends to develop, construct, own and operate a privately funded submarine fiber optic cable to be commissioned in the first quarter of 2009.  The SEA Cable System expects to compliment the business of national carriers, broadcasters and education and research networks by providing a wholesale solution for international bandwidth to be sold by national carriers through their already established retail channels.  SEACOM expects to sell ‘cheap bandwidth’ that encourages volume discounts and large bandwidth growth.  The SEA Cable System is being designed with a nominal capacity of 1,280 Gb/s comprised of two fiber pairs expected to connect South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya to India and Europe (with an option for UAE). 

Contacts:
Victoria Dillon
Tyco Telecommunications
+1 978.442.5304
dillonv@tycoelectronics.com 

Brian Herlihy
Herakles Telecom, LLC
+ 1 212 351 0109
herlihy@heraklescapital.com

 


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