Last updated: 23 july, 2009 - 01:20 GMT

East coast gets high-speed internet

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The first of a series of 4 fibre-optic cables providing east and southern Africa with broadband becomes operational this afternoon.

The submarine cable runs from the Gulf down the coast to Mombassa and once switched on it is expected to, as those behind the operation put it, 'revolutionise' commerce and education in areas where electronic communication is not always reliable.

The launch of this high speed internet technology will be taking place simultaneously in the Kenyan city of Mombasa, Dar- es-Salaam in Tanzania, Maputo in Mozambique and Mtunzini in South Africa.

The operation is run by a privately owned company called Seacom Limited.

The BBC's Odhiambo Joseph went on a tour of the Regional Station in Mombasa.

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