BRICS To Cable The Southern Hemisphere
17 April 2012
Tech Week Europe - 17 April 2012
Yesterday, the BRICS Cable initiative announced a 34,000 km long submarine fibre optic cable system that will connect the developing economies of the BRICS countries (Brazil, Russia, India, China and South Africa) and the US.
TechWeekEurope sat down with Andrew Mthembu, chairman of i3Africa and Imphandze Investments, responsible for South African section of the cable, to talk about this project, which aims to provide bandwidth around the Southern Hemisphere of the globe, to balance the current provision of cables amongst Northern Hemisphere nations, and ensure that developing nations’ communications are not all in the hands of the nations of the North.
Andrew is a well-known personality in the ICT sector both in Africa and internationally. He holds a number of directorships in the ICT and tourism industries, and is a past ICT advisor to the Minister of Public Enterprises in South Africa. Andrew was instrumental in the conceptualisation and rollout of the West African Cable System (WACS). It is this latter experience which has led him and his associates to promote the BRICS Cable System.