Issa Sikiti Da Silva

cablesThe African continent will have 13 submarine cables by the end of 2011, a process that will redefine the technology environment and set the continent on a major broadband explosion, Sadiq Malik, director of operations at Broadband Communication Technologies (BCT), told a workshop at the Africa Media and Broadcasting 2010 Congress at the Sandton Convention Centre in Johannesburg, South Africa.

“Traffic on the world’s networks is being increased by 46% annually starting from 2007 until 2012. As a result, there will be an annual bandwidth demand of approximately 522 exabytes, or more than half a zettabyte,” Malik announced today, Monday, 29 November 2010.

“From currently being seen as a dark continent, Africa will become the light continent, simply because of the amount of bandwidth,” Malik, a visiting University of Cape Town Business School lecturer, said today.

Impact on economy

He said this bandwidth revolution will have a major impact on the continent’s economy because 1% increase in bandwidth has the power to increase a country’s GDP by 0.5%, as per the World Bank and International Telecommunications Union (ITU) forecasts.

The Africa Media and Broadcasting Congress is set to lasted for five days with a series of workshops and plenary sessions that discussed issues affecting the continent’s media and broadcasting industry.

Source: bizcommunity.com/      Image: worldbank

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