Kenya Announces Plans To Invest US$59-Million In DARE Submarine Cable System
Kenya has announced that it plans to connect to the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine fibre optic cable system at a staggering cost of US$59-million.
According to the contractor SubCom the connection which is scheduled for completion by June 2020, will extend for 4,747km and will also offer 36Tbps of capacity to East Africa.
Upon completion, DARE would be the fifth regional submarine fibre optic system that Kenya is connected to. The other systems include East African Marine System (TEAMS), SEACOM, Lion2 systems and Eastern African Submarine Cable System (EASsy).
Robert Mugo, the Director of Shared Services at Kenya's Communications Authority, said that the investment shows the government's determination to boost Kenya's position as a regional IT hub and is also in line with the country's digital master plan that was launched at the 2019 Transform Africa Summit.
DARE was ready for rollout in May 2018 and is made up of two fibre pairs and an estimated design capacity of 30 Tbps.
Spanning over 5500 kilometres, the cable is operated and owned by a consortium consisting of Djibouti Telecom, Africa Marine Express, Golis Telecommunications, Somtel International, Hormuud Telecom Somalia, Telesom and TeleYemen.
Djibouti Telecom's Director General, Mohamed Assoweh Bouh said that Djibouti Telecoms believes that this cable system is vital for the development of East Africa and the telecommunications firm is highly impressed by SubCom's level of dedication towards the project.
He added that Djibouti hopes to expand the cable system into other regions and connect it with different cables to boost accessibility in Africa and across the world.
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