Internet undersea cable through the Horn of Africa costs 100 million USD

Internet connectivity via undersea cable has been proposed to provide internet redundancy for the Horn of Africa region and is expected to cost around 10.2 billion KES (100 million USD). The distance to be covered will extend over 4700 kilometres with the Djibouti-Africa Regional Express (DARE) agreement.

Partnering with the governments and numerous telecoms operators in the region, shareholders of the East African Marine Cable System (TEAMS) in Kenya have proposed a contribution of 2 billion KES (19.6 million USD) for the construction. The shareholders, to recall, include the government, Access Kenya, Liquid Telecom, Safaricom, the Wananchi Group, Telkom Kenya.

Joel Tanui, the general manager of TEAMS, said: “We’re in discussions for the DARE cable but the parties are still consulting internally on the budget. There have been no firm commitments yet”.

The various areas to be covered are Kenya, Tanzania, Yemen, Somalia and Djibouti. The project is expected to be completed by May 2018. TEAMS will internationally connect through the United Arab Emirates (UAE) while DARE will connect through Djibouti and will provide a route in case of downtime on the UAE connection. Further, DARE can be considered as a flourishing investment in worldwide fibre optic connectivity within the territory.

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