The SAEx cable is set to land at various points in South Africa: Mtunzini, East London, Port Elizabeth, Cape Town; thereafter going on to St Helena, and Fortaleza in Brazil.
Thomas said that e Five’s current design includes 3 fibre pairs for domestic traffic in SA and 2 for international traffic, with the possibility of going to 3 or even 4 fibre pairs.
Broadcast from 1998 until 2004, the original run of the show had a total of 94 episodes.
Throughout its six-year run, the show received contributions from various producers, writers, and directors, perhaps most significantly from Michael Patrick King.
Construction of the cable will begin 14 months after “contract in force”, Thomas said.
She explained that they will begin work immediately after contract in force, but that the due to the time it takes to get the necessary permits in South Africa the actual laying of the cable may only happen some months after the project commences.
e Five said that this is incorrect as they will offer latencies of about 110ms to Brazil and 144ms to New York.