Bad news for African internet

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This week, just 7 of 23 African nations signed the accord for the East African Submarine cable System (EASSy). EASSy is one of the best single initiatives that could attract investment to the telecom-starved region. From Reuters:

The project has been held back by squabbles mainly between Kenya and South Africa over financing, ownership and about how much access to the fibre optic cable would cost. Kenya had accused South Africa of trying to dominate the project and for pushing the idea of governments managing the 9,900 km (6,152 mile) cable that will link the port cities of Durban and Port Sudan. South Africa denies the claims.

Just when we thought EASSy was headed for success.

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