Seychelles fibre optic link to the world restored


When a careless ship captain dropped anchor outside Dar es Salaam’s harbour on the fibre optic cable linking the Seychelles to the continental African circuit on the 12th of October, the high speed lights on the archipelago went dim. Still connected to the globe by satellite back up, the very high broad band speeds nevertheless were significantly reduced at the time. The Seychelles government with partners Cables and Wireless and Airtel, united in a consortium called Seychelles Cable Systems, which sourced funding and established the link, swung into action immediately to first identify the problem and then commission repairs, while insurance claims are being sorted out.

It was learned overnight from sources in both Dar es Salaam and Victoria, that effective yesterday full fibre optic services were restored.

The improved bandwidth and faster speeds are used widely by tourists who tweet and upload pictures from their holiday locations across the archipelago’s resorts, thus adding a second avenue of promoting the Creole Island Paradise by showing their friends and connections exactly what they miss by not being there themselves and tempt them to also visit the Seychelles, truly Another World.

A large delegation from the Seychelles, led by Tourism and Culture Minister Alain St. Ange and Elsia Grandcourt, CEO of the Seychelles Tourism Board, are presently in London at WTM and will be happy to welcome trade visitors to their stand. Watch this space.

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