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Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 45% During 2018

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The international Internet bandwidth of Seychelles reached 5.344 Gbps in December 2018 according to latest statistics released by the Department of Information and Communication Technology (DICT), a 45% increase compared with 3.688 in December 2017 (see also Seychelles: Seychelles International Bandwidth Increases By 32% During 2017). This compared with 2.791 Gbps in December 2016, 2.092 Gbps in 2015, 1.465 Gbps in 2014, 1.110 Gbps in 2013, 678.4 Mbps in 2012, and 220 Mbps in 2011. The total international bandwidth (uplink plus downlink) was 10.688 Gbps in 2018, 7.294 Gbps in 2017, 5.500 Gbps in 2016, 4.113 Gbps in 2015, 2.833 Gbps in 2014, 2.135 Gbps in 2013, 1.239 Gbps in 2012, and 289 Mbps in 2011.

The Seychelles is currently served by one submarine cable (SEAS), with a second (PEACE) due to be completed during 2020. In May 2012, the 1,930-km Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable connecting Seychelles with Tanzania landed at Beau Vallon, on the island of Mahé in the Seychelles. The SEAS cable is initially equipped at 20 Gbps with an ultimate design capacity of 320 Gbps (see Seychelles: SEAS Submarine Cable Lands In Seychelles). Then, in September 2018, the Seychelles Cable Systems Company (SCS) signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with PEACE (Pakistan East Africa Cable Express) Cable International Networks, Huawei Marine Networks and Huawei International to build a branch from the planned PEACE cable to the Seychelles. According to a statement issued by the government of Seychelles, work on the project is expected to start in 2019, with completion in 2020 (see Seychelles: Seychelles Cable Systems Signs MoU With PEACE Cable And Huawei).

Source: Seychelles Department of Information and Communication Technology

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