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    Victor Isaac

      Hidden Facts about the BRICS CABLE PROJECT,South Africa.

      The brics cable system will be the first submarine cable connecting all of the so-called Brics Nations (Brazil, Russia, India, China, south Africa).

      The initial announcement of the brics cable was early 2013. Although it didn’t gain the political and media attention until the Edwards Snowden leaks of September 2013.
      The brics project was meant to avoid the U.S and NSA spying through ports in
      Russia, China, Singapore, India, Mauritus, South Africa and Brazil. The fibres cable was slated to cost $1.5 billion, it will hooked up with the SEACOM, EASSY and WACS cables linking the internet infrastructure of the project to the rest of Africa.

      Project leadership primarily came from Brazil and South Africa. While Brazil provided the political impetus for the project, South African Andrew Mthembu, executive chairman of the investment group Imphandze, became the de-facto spokesperson for the project. Mthembu has advocated for the BRICS cable and worked to develop consortium-level funding worldwide.
      In spite of Mthembu’s efforts, the BRICS Cable project appears stalled in 2015. The domain http://www.bricscable.com is no longer in use and finding information about the project’s status is exceedingly difficult. The cable does not have a definitive ready-for-service date nor are there any indicators on the progress of its physical completion.

      Additionally, the BRICS nations have made significant progress in the institutionalization of their discussions surrounding Internet governance. However, no tangible agreements have emerged from these meetings. The BRICS nations agree that an Internet code of conduct must be developed, but they cannot agree upon what this code should include. In fact, these meetings have recently produced more intra-bloc disconnect than political harmonization. At the 2015 BRICS summit in Ufa, Russia, India announced its “Indian Vision for the Internet.” India announced its desire to move from state-led Internet governance to a more multi-stakeholder perspective. India’s stance angered Russia, who traditionally views India as a political ally both within the BRICS bloc and outside it.

      Therefore, although the BRICS are united in their desire for alternatives to a United States-led global order, they are fundamentally divided upon how to complete this task. The absence of bloc cohesion may be the factor underlying the stalling of the BRICS cable.

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