Just two weeks after the first regular flight to the St Helena?s brand new airport has set an end to islanders? physical isolation the end of St Helena?s digital isolation is in sight as well.
Almost six years after the initiative to connect St Helena was launched with the aim to foster the island?s socio-economic development, the island government has now signed a Memorandum of Understanding with SAEx International Ltd, the company behind the South Atlantic Express cable (SAEx) which will connect South Africa to the US East Coast and Brazil.
The route of the submarine fibre optic cable, which will span the South Atlantic Ocean over a distance of more than 13,000km, passes close to St Helena, allowing a subsea branching unit to be deployed to link the cable to the island. With an initial capacity of 200 Gbps islanders will finally receive …