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Seacom To Look Into Fibre Opportunities Across East Africa

The US Trade and Development Agency (USTDA) has given a grant to pan-African telecoms, and network services provider Seacom limited to conduct a feasibility study of the market potential for fibre services in Uganda, Kenya, Uganda, Tanzania and Rwanda.

According to a statement issued by USTDA, the grant of an undisclosed amount would provide Seacom with the analysis to determine where to deploy infrastructure in the specified countries and recommend relevant investments, including network equipment and fibre optic cabling to increase and boost services across East Africa.

USTDA said that the project would also provide affordable and reliable high-speed connections throughout East Africa, enhancing business growth and promoting innovation and productivity in the region.

Thomas Hardy, the Agency's Acting Director Thomas signed the grant together with Seacom's Chief Development Officer, Suveer Ramdhani.
Hardy said that USTDA is pleased to strengthen its partnership with Seacom by supporting this critical project.

Ramdhani added that USTDA had been a highly valued partner to Seacom since its beginnings and had been fundamental to the introduction and growth of the internet in Africa.

A telecoms analyst at the Computer Association of Zambia, Andrew Makanya, said that the aim of the project was to expand infrastructure. He added that he expected that this project would give SEACOM a clear picture in terms of where to expand its infrastructure in East Africa.

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