An increase in pirate activity during April and May this year has resulted in a delay in the undersea cable installation project, says Seacom in a report on Biz Community.

The ready-for-service date
has been postponed from 27 June to 23 July.
Brian Herlihy, Seacom CEO,
says: "Due to sensitivities around piracy issues, their impact on the
project timeline was only fully established recently and whilst I am
personally truly disappointed by the delay, it was imperative that
strong measures be put in place to guarantee the successful completion
of the cable system and the safety of the ship and its crews.

The cable
section from South Africa (Mtunzini) to Kenya (Mombasa), including all
south and east African landing stations, has already undergone
successful testing, reports Seacom.