Broadband boost as Eassy hits SA

first_imgAfrica is moving towards a new era ofcheap and reliable broadband connectivity.(Image: Seacom) MEDIA CONTACTS • Pynee ChettyMedia LiaisonTelkom SA Limited+27 12 311 5247 or +27 82 857 [email protected] NkosiThe Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (Eassy) hit South African shores on 15 February, signalling a significant development in information infrastructure on the continent. It was delivered by the Ile de Batz cable-laying vessel.Eassy’s arrival in the country marked the start of the final phase of installation of the 10 000km high-capacity undersea cable. It will run from Mtunzini in northern KwaZulu-Natal to Port Sudan in the Red Sea to boost internet connectivity in 21 African countries.It will connect the 21 countries to each other and to the rest of the world, providing them with high-speed internet and other international communications services. Eassy will have landing stations in Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros and Madagascar – in addition to Mozambique, South Africa and Sudan where it has already been installed.The project started in 2003 and is due to be up and running by August 2010.With the capacity of 1.4 Terabytes (Tb) per second, Eassy will rival Seacom, a 600m cable that connects Africa with Europe and India and offers bandwidth speed of 1.28Tb per second.All service providers will have equal access to the cable and a uniform bandwidth price.Eassy will ensure that Africa no longer has to rely on expensive international satellite systems for internet connectivity and other data services.It will also service at least 10 landlocked countries in Africa. “An extensive backhaul system linking landlocked countries to the coastal countries has been developed and is in various stages of completion,” according to a statement by Alphonzo Samuels, managing executive for wholesale services at Telkom – one of four South African partners in the project.Samuels said submarine cables were more advanced than satellite systems as they have superior transmission quality and capacity, considerably fewer delays, access to the global optical fibre network, lower unit costs, no electromagnetic interference and greater resistance to adverse weather conditions.“However, activities such as fishing and anchoring, ocean drilling, fish bites and earthquakes constitute some of the commonly known submarine cable hazards,” he added.But various measures have been put in place protect Eassy. “These include conducting ocean bed surveys to select the safest undersea routes; burying the cable in sand where possible, especially at the shallow end; avoiding heavy shipping lanes when approaching landing points; selecting safe beaches, bearing in mind that later beach erosion could expose cables; and designing the shortest land cable route for maximum security,” Samuels said.Eassy has also been designed to last well over 25 years. “It must be emphasised, though, that in the event of submarine cable service interruptions, every attempt is always made to expedite customer services,” he said.Boost for TelkomTelkom is upbeat about the implications of the Eassy project, which is one of its key cable investments. It’s a significant step towards establishing a Telkom fibre-ring around Africa, the telecommunication provider said.“Eassy further increases the robustness of Telkom’s international bandwidth offerings and portfolio. Together with other undersea cables and land-based fibre routes, Eassy creates redundant fibre access prospects into East Africa,” Samuels said.“Redundancy means that we have duplicated equipment at the cable stations, duplicated power converters, generators … therefore, if a single piece of equipment should fail, we have another piece of equipment standing by to take its place.”Telkom’s other cable investments are Columbus3 – providing a link to Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe; the SAT3/WASC/SAFE – connecting South Africa to West Africa and the Far East; and EIG – the Europe-India Gateway.MTN, Eassy’s largest private operator investor, said the cable’s bandwidth capacity will help it improve its services for users in South Africa, Swaziland, Namibia, Botswana, Zambia, Uganda, Rwanda and Kenya.“MTN’s capital investment of U$40.3-million [R310.5-million] in Eassy came in addition to the investments made by the company in similar ventures such as the Europe-India Gateway, SAT-3, Main-1 and the West Africa Cable System,” according to a statement by Trevor Martins, MTN Eassy management committee chairperson.“The increased bandwidth that will be available as a result of our investments in these submarine networks will capacitate both these ISPs [internet service providers] and our mobile operations in markets largely serviced by costly satellite bandwidth, thus enabling MTN to open up large-scale access to international broadband to our valued customers,” Martins said.Other operators that have invested in Eassy include South Africa’s Neotel and Vodacom, India’s Bharti Airtel Limited, the Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Dalkom Somalia, Zambia Telecommunications Company, Zanzibar Telecom and Uganda Telecom.Healthy competitionVodacom, a leading cellular network in South Africa, halved its broadband rates in early February 2010 due to “the increasing competition between undersea cable providers, which in turn creates a sustainable competitive international bandwidth market in South Africa”.The reduction was made possible by the 2009 launch of the Seacom cable, which competes directly with SAT-3 and team cables in the Indian Ocean.Vodacom and all the other service providers are expected to further cut their rates when Eassy becomes operational.“Ultimately, we believe that Eassy will go a long way towards increasing Africa’s bandwidth capacity, affordability and create increased diversity and fibre redundancy between South Africa and Europe as well as within East Africa,” Samuels said.last_img read more

Wimbledon 2011: Sweet Serena back to her winning ways

first_imgSerena Williams usually leaves her opponents in tears on the tennis court.Serena Williams waves to the crowd after defeating Aravane Rezai in their first round of the Wimbledon on Tuesday. APOn Tuesday it was the American’s turn to bury her face in the towel after she outlasted Aravane Rezai 6-3, 3-6, 6-1 in the first round of Wimbledon.Tuesday happened to be the longest day of the year and it also marked Serena’s return to action after a long break lasting almost one year.From a freak foot injury at a hotel in Munich last year when she stepped on broken glass at a restaurant to pulmonary embolism and then emergency surgery to clear a haematoma in her stomach, Serena has survived one crisis after another.So when the defending champion stepped out to resume battle, there was the huge burden on Serena to prove to critics and herself she was still capable of playing top-flight tennis.”It definitely hit me at the end of the match today. I’m not a crier, so I don’t know. I think it was something in my eyes at one point, but it definitely was emotional for me,” said Serena at the postmatch conference.But the sailing was not as smooth for former No. 1 Jelena Jankovic as Spaniard Maria Jose Martinez Sanchez knocked out 15th seed.Despite losing the first set, Martinez Sanchez appeared in charge from the start, running her 26-year-old opponent all over the court with well placed shots to take the match 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.advertisementThe 15th-seeded Serb, who reached the fourth round at the All England Club last year, lost in the first round at a Grand Slam tournament for the first time since 2005. Her best showing at Wimbledon is making the fourth round, which she has done four times.As one who usually likes to dress bold and beautiful, the classic white outfit which Serena wore was a clear reflection of how badly she wanted to find the winning note again. Champion here in 2002 and 2003 and then in 2009 and 2010, for sheer longevity Serena has been a revelation on the well-manicured grass courts in the famous suburb southwest of London.There were moments of uncertainty against a tricky French opponent before Serena dug into her vast repertoire to hit hard serves, crisp forehands and ensured she could win points at the net as well.The first game lasted 10 minutes as the two players tried to test each other. Rezai was waiting for the weaker second serve to jump on and may have fancied her chances. But once Serena changed gears, it was hard to make out she had been away from competitive tennis.Asked about how and why she decided to return to tennis, Serena said: “I was healthy when I came here. I got a healthy report from the doctor and you know, I love Wimbledon.I love playing tennis and I love being part of the competition,” she said.When Serena departed from Wimbledon last year, she was holding the winner’s Venus Rosewater Dish. At that time, she was also the World No. 1.Now, Serena is trying to come back hard and shake off the rust.In other matches, surprise 2010 Wimbledon semi-finalists Tsvetana Pironkova of Bulgaria and Czech Petra Kvitova eased through their opening matches on Tuesday.Kvitova dispatched America’s Alexa Glatch 6-2, 6-2 and Pironkova soon followed with a 6-2, 6-1 win over Italian Camila Giorgi.World number one Caroline Wozniacki raced into the second round as she beat Spain’s Arantxa Parra Santonja 6- 2, 6- 1 on Tuesday.Wozniacki took just 59 minutes to demolish the world number 105. Fourth seed Victoria Azarenka secured a place in the second round without completing her rain-delayed match against Slovakia’s Magdalena Rybarikova, who retired injured.- With inputs from agenciesResultsMen’s singles 1st roundViktor Troicki (SER x13) bt Maximo Gonzalez (ARG) 3-6, 6-0, 7-6(3), 6-3; Roger Federer (SUI x3) bt Mikhail Kukushkin (KAZ) 7-6(2), 6-4, 6-2; Bernard Tomic (AUS) bt Nikolay Davydenko (RUS x29) 7-5, 6-3, 7-5; Fernando Verdasco (ESP x21) bt Radek Stepanek (CZE) 2-6, 4-6, 6-3, 7-6(6), 9-7; Ivan Ljubicic (CRO) bt Marin Cilic (Croatia x27) 7-6(2), 3-6, 6-3, 6-4; Juan Martin Del Potro (ARG x24) bt Flavio Cipolla (ITA) 6-1, 6-4, 6-3; Andy Roddick (US x8) bt Andreas Beck (GER) 6-4, 7-6(6), 6-3; Ivo Karlovic (CRO) beat Janko Tipsarevic (SER x23) 7-5, 3-1 retired; Novak Djokovic (SRB x2) bt Jeremy Chardy (FRA) 6-4, 6-1, 6-1Women’s singles 1st roundCaroline Wozniacki (DEN x1) bt Arantxa Parra Santonja (ESP) 6-2, 6-1; Virginie Razzano (FRA) bt Sania Mirza (IND) 7-6 (7/4), 2-6, 6-3; Serena Williams (USA x7) bt Aravane Rezai (FRA) 6-3, 3-6, 6-1; Andrea Petkovic (GER x11) bt Stephanie Foretz (FRA) 6-3, 6-4; Anastasia Pavlyuchenkova (RUS x14) bt Lesya Tsurenko (UKR) 6-4, 7-6 (7/3); Daniela Hantuchova (SVK x25) bt Vitalia Diatchenko (RUS) 4-6, 7-6 (7/5), 6-3; Victoria Azarenka (BLR x4) bt Magdalena Rybarikova (SVK) 6-4, 3-2 – retired; Petra Kvitova (CZE x8) bt Alexa Glatch (USA) 6-2, 6-2; Maria Jose Martinez (ESP) bt Jelena Jankovic (SRB x15) 5-7, 6-4, 6-3.advertisementFor more news on India, click here.For more news on Business, click here.For more news on Movies, click here.For more news on Sports, click here.last_img read more

BC Government looking to make amendments to the Forest Act

first_imgVICTORIA, B.C. – The Provincial Government is looking to introduce amendments to the B.C. Forest Act.The Government says the amendments to the Forest Act will enhance public trust and ensure public forests are managed in the best interests of British Columbians.According to the Province, some of the changes to the Act will improve the Government’s ability to exert more control over the disposition of Crown tenures, ensure that public interest is considered in the disposition of Forest Act agreements, and ensure the Government has the necessary information when needed from companies to inform policy and legislative changes to address emerging forestry issues. Minister of Forests, Lands, Natural Resource Operations and Rural Development, Doug Donaldson, says these amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector.“We want all British Columbians to benefit from the forest industry, including companies, large and small, First Nations, workers and communities. These amendments will help support a vibrant and diverse forest sector by preventing further concentration of harvesting rights.”For more information on the proposed amendments, you can visit the B.C. Legislative Assembly’s website.last_img read more

Viral video shows youth stabbed on Holi

first_imgNEW DELHI: On the day of Holi, a 19-year-old boy was stabbed multiple times in his abdomen by a minor boy and another boy named Ajay with whom the injured was in the rivalry for two years. The incident happened in Tigri in South Delhi. After the incident, the bystanders made a 1 minute video on the mobile which shows the injured boy in a pool of blood lying on the road. It was then some men are seen helping him out.Soon, the police were informed and the injured was rushed to the hospital. He is undergoing treatment at AIIMS where his condition is said to be critical. “The incident took place at around 12 pm on March 21. He has been stabbed over the upper abdomen, over chest, over left side of neck and incised wound over the right side of the face. We have registered a case of attempt to murder,” said DCP South, Vijay Kumar. Police believe it’s a revenge attack as the injured boy Gaurav had earlier attacked the accused Ajay 2 years back in Tigri area along with his friends. At that time too, a case of attempt to murder was registered against Golu. “We have apprehended one minor in the present case and search for other accused Ajay is still going on. We have formed several teams to arrest the accused. The victim is unfit for the statement,” said the officer.last_img read more

DGCA asks airlines to increase number of flights to stabilise rising airfares

first_imgNew Delhi: India’s aviation regulator has asked all airlines to come out with individual medium-term plan by Wednesday on enhancing availability of domestic flights, in a move aimed at curbing rising airfares, government officials said.Airfares have been on an upswing across India for last few weeks due to sharp decline in number of flights primarily caused by grounding of three-fourths of cash-strapped Jet Airways’ 119-aircraft fleet. The availability of flights was also hit by pulling out of Spice Jet’s 12 “737 Max” aircraft in March following safety concerns in the wake of crash of an Ethiopian Airlines jet on March 10. Also Read – Uddhav bats for ‘Sena CM'”The Directorate General of Civil Aviation has been meeting with the airlines continuously so that they augment their additional capacity, which would be over and above the flights approved for the summer schedule,” a senior government official said. According to officials, the each of the airlines was “requested to bring an immediate and medium-term plan to augment the additional capacity in the market”, and ways to increase the overall availability of flights will be discussed at a meeting on Wednesday. Also Read – Farooq demands unconditional release of all detainees in J&KThe DGCA last month approved a nearly seven-month-long summer schedule beginning March 31 for SpiceJet, Vistara, IndiGo, Air India and GoAir. However, for Jet Airways, the DGCA approved the summer schedule for nearly a month only due to its financial crisis. The DGCA approves winter as well as summer schedules every year in order to ensure smooth flights operations. The airlines were asked to come out with immediate and medium-term plan over and above the summer action plan to make available additional flights so that airfares remain in control. During the last few weeks, the Jet Airways has been grounding its aircraft in tranches due to non-payment of dues to its lessors. While the airline has a fleet of about 119 aircraft, civil aviation secretary Pradeep Singh Kharola said on April 4 that only 26 aircraft of Jet Airways are flying “currently”. After Jet withdrew some of its flights from several routes, budget carrier IndiGo on April 8 announced rolling out new flights on both international and domestic networks.last_img read more

Voting in 7 constituencies concludes peacefully

first_imgKolkata: Except for a few stray clashes, the election in seven Lok Sabha seats passed off peacefully in Bengal.Arif Aftab, Chief Electoral Officer, said the polls were peaceful, barring some stray incidents and the poll percentage was 73.97 till 5 pm when many people were found to be standing in long queues to exercise their franchise which indicates that the polling percentage is likely to go up. The Parliament constituencies where polling was held in the 5th phase of the seven-phase election are Bongaon, Barrackpore, Howrah, Uluberia, Serampore, Hooghly and Arambag and the polling percentage in these seats are 76.18, 71.28, 67.59, 77.57, 77.31, 76.14 and 75.73 respectively. As many as 5 FIRs were registered, out of which two were in Dhaniakhali and two in Mohonpur including one against BJP candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh. Twelve people including five media persons were injured in different incidents and five vehicles were damaged including three belonging to the press. An FIR was lodged against a person who had thrown an Electronic Voting Machine causing severe damage to it in Dhaniakhali in Hooghly. The Presiding Officer later lodged an FIR. Around 1 pm, Locket Chatterjee, BJP candidate from Hooghly, along with her party supporters went inside the booth and one of them took away the EVM and threw it on the floor alleging that some people were casting false votes there. In Tarakeshwar Assembly seat, a Presiding Officer was issued a show-cause notice after a person was seen helping another to cast his vote. In Howrah’s Panchla, the Presiding Officer lodged an FIR after he was allegedly beaten up by two polling agents. In Noapara, BJP candidate from Barrackpore Arjun Singh got involved in a scuffle between two groups of youths. Later, the police rescued him. Singh fell on the ground while chasing some outsiders at Bhatpara. In Mohanpur, the locals did not allow Singh to get down from his vehicle. They alleged that voting was being held peacefully when Singh’s supporters tried to create trouble. He also could not get down from his vehicle at Amdanga where people shouted “Go back” slogans. They alleged that Singh had gone there to create trouble. Prasun Banerjee, TMC candidate from Howrah, was allegedly assaulted by the jawans of the Central Forces in front of a booth. There was a scuffle between two groups when the Central Force personnel resorted to lathi-charge to quell the mob. They reportedly beat up Banerjee after failing to recognise him. The Election Commission in the evening took up the matter with the IG, BSF. At Hingli in Bongaon, a police constable along with another person got injured in a bomb-throwing incident. They were rushed to a hospital where they were released after treatment. After reports of violence and the death of a voter during the previous phase, the EC deployed Central Forces at all the polling stations in the state. Altogether, 578 companies of Central Forces have been deployed to assist the state police.last_img read more

Iniesta move to Chongqing Lifan a rumour – coach

first_imgAndres Iniesta’s reported transfer to Chinese Super League side Chongqing Lifan is nothing more than a “rumour”, says the club’s coachBoth the Spanish and the Chinese media have been strongly linking the veteran midfielder to the club with Iniesta expected to confirm his plans for the future by the end of the month.However, Chongqing coach Paulo Bento, who was the manager of Portugal in the last World Cup, has now denied this and stated that it is nothing more than a “rumour”.Barcelona legend Andres Iniesta credits father for his career Andrew Smyth – August 30, 2019 Andres Iniesta revealed the influence his father has been on his incredible career, which has seen him everything in football for Barcelona and Spain.“This is a rumor and it is very difficult to comment on rumors.” said the Portuguese coach, according to HurriyetDailyNews.“But I don’t think there is any fan or coach in the world that doesn’t like a player like Iniesta.”Iniesta has kept silent on his future since announcing last month that he had until the end of April to decide whether to go to China or not.last_img read more

Nuno Espirito Santo I learned from Mourinho at Porto

first_imgWolves manager Nuno Espirito Santo has revealed how much he learnt from Jose Mourinho when he played under him at Porto.Nuno Espirito Santo played under Jose Mourinho when he was in charge at Porto, and he helped the Manchester United boss win the UEFA Cup together in 2003 and the Champions League in 2004.After ending his playing career, Nuno became Porto manager for one season before he joined Wolves in 2017 and lead them to promotion.Cristiano Ronaldo, Nemanja Vidic, Manchester UnitedVidic: “Ronaldo is the most professional footballer I’ve seen” Andrew Smyth – September 14, 2019 Nemanja Vidic opened up on how a 21-year-old Cristiano Ronaldo’s professionalism left him stunned at Manchester United.“A lot. In that moment, what we had, the group of players we had, the way Mourinho manages and made us believe that it was possible to do what we did as a squad. We won everything, and it was absolutely fantastic.” Nuno told Sky Sports when asked what he learnt from Mourinho.“You take from everyone. When you have such success it’s because you do things right. Of course, you learn a lot as a player when you pay attention to managers when they speak to you.”last_img read more

Test Of Emergency Alert System Scheduled

first_imgResidents may see several notices from the test on that day, all of which will indicate that the transmission is a test message. Local broadcasters, such as KSRM, will air EAS messages similar to regularly scheduled tests, which include an audible message that is expected to last about one minute and can be seen or heard on local television and radio stations. The KPB Alerts system is a local warning system administered by the Kenai Peninsula Borough and is not being tested with the EAS and WEA system. To receive alerts on your wireless phone, a one-time registration is required. All residents of the Borough are encouraged to register for alerts and to visit” alt=”center_img” /> Facebook0TwitterEmailPrintFriendly分享A national test of the Emergency Alert System (EAS) and the Wireless Emergency Alert (WEA) system will be conducted, on September 20, beginning at 10:18am.  In addition to the tests aired on broadcasters, the WEA system will be tested for the first time at a national level. This system can send urgent messages to cell phones by broadcasting from active cell towers, and will appear as a notification on cellular phones.last_img read more