The launch of undersea broadband connections between east Africa and the rest of the world has suffered delays due to piracy in the Indian Ocean and other difficulties.

Towards the end of June the private Mauritius-based telecommunications company Seacom announced that it would be pushing back the launch of services by a month until 23 July after insecurity due to pirate activity in the waters off the Horn of Africa delayed the laying of fibre optic cable along the ocean floor. The 15,000 km Seacom connection linking countries along the east coast of Africa to Europe and India had been due to become operational on 27 June. Seacom has already created landing stations at various points along the east African coast including Mombasa in Kenya and Maputo in Mozambique.

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