Seacom is commercially launching its fibre optic cable on Thursday in South Africa, Tanzania, Kenya, Uganda and Mozambique, linking Africa to Europe and Asia and unlocking the continent's high-speed Internet potential.

SA Good NewsThe 17,000 km cable, known as Seacom and operated by a Mauritius-registered private equity venture, is offering broadband speeds of up to 1.28 terabits per second, fast enough to stream high-definition TV.

The launch of SEACOM opens up unprecedented opportunities, at a fraction of the current cost, as government, business leaders and citizens can now use the network as the platform to compete globally, drive economic growth and enhance the quality of life across the continent.

"We keep saying that we are going to connect Africa to the world ... It's important Africa starts saying we have information that we want to export to the world," chief executive of Seacom Brian Herlihy said.

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