Africa faces 'bandwidth glut'


An explosion in demand for data services will see bandwidth in Africa rise tenfold over the next five years.

Pyramid Research say the continent could end up with a bandwidth glut after developing big cable and satellite projects over the last few years.

By 2006 Africa's bandwidth should reach 6 Gbps.

Pyramid's Guy Zibi said: 'Such stupendous growth is mostly driven by demand for data services, an explosion in North African traffic and the deployment of at least one submarine cable system along Africa's coasts.

'In markets such as Algeria and Nigeria, international backbone traffic is forecast to double annually over the next five years.'

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