COMTEL Project

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COMTEL Project is a program of the Common Market for Eastern and Southern Africa (COMESA) aimed at creating a regional telecommunications infrastructure[1] for the 21 member states via a fiber backbone. This will help member states get rid of satellite links they currently use for their transit traffic between themselves going via Europe, America and Asia.

Implementation[edit]

COMESA reportedly made a deal with Anderberg-Ericsson Consortium of Mauritius as the strategic equity partner[2] but it was later reported that Ericsson would not become an equity partner.[3] On 26 February 2007 it was reported that the COMTEL Project had stalled and that individual member countries would develop their own regional telecommunication infrastructures.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ http://www.panapress.com/COMTEL-Project-Under-intense-Scrutiny--13-487969-17-lang1-index.html
  2. ^ http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-214/telecoms/comesa-selects-ander/en
  3. ^ http://www.balancingact-africa.com/news/en/issue-no-262/top-story/heavy-blow-to-comtel/en
  4. ^ http://www.networkworld.com/article/2295702/data-center/comtel-project-stalls-as-countries-go-their-own-way.html