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Undersea fiber optic cable system achieves “first mover strategy” to connect South and East Africa to global networks in India, Middle East and Europe

New York, NY - July 25, 2007 --

SEACOM, Ltd. announced today the award of the SEA Cable System supply contract to Tyco Telecommunications, a business unit of Tyco Electronics and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services. The 13,000 km project will involve the construction of the undersea fiber optic network providing high capacity bandwidth connectivity between South Africa, Madagascar, Mozambique, Tanzania, Kenya, India, the Middle East 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, a privately funded submarine fiber optic cable system, intends to launch services the first half of 2009.
“East and South African demand, combined with Indian user demand for international bandwidth, has greatly surpassed the existing supply,” explains Brian Herlihy, President, SEACOM, Ltd. “SEACOM will provide significant capacity at affordable prices through an extensive network solution which stretches the entire length of East Africa to the Middle East plus western India and westward to Europe. The system will deliver infrastructure support for the growth of the information and communication technology (ICT) sector, in particular business process outsourcing, call centers, pharmaceutical research industries and education networks.” 
“The SEACOM system design will provide excellent flexibility and connection options” explains Michael Rieger, Vice President, sales, marketing and project management, Tyco Telecommunications. “Tyco Telecommunications is proud to be awarded the first major submarine cable infrastructure system linking East Africa with India, the Middle East and Europe.”

SEACOM intends to develop, construct, own and operate a privately funded submarine fiber optic cable to be commissioned in the first half 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, UAE and Europe. 

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.

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Brian Herlihy
+ 1 212 351 0109

Victoria Dillon
Tyco Telecommunications
+1 978.442.5304 


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