[AfrICANN-discuss] Africa : EASSy cable lands in Dar es Salaam

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Mon Apr 26 14:35:04 SAST 2010

Africa: EASSy Cable Lands in Dar es Salaam
Austin Beyadi
7 April 2010

THE much awaited East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) finally landed today morning at 11.00 am at Msasani Peninsula shoreline with its expected new lower frequency prices enabling companies to buy larger volumes of bandwidth.

The ship laying the 5000km long undersea fibre optic cable for The East Africa Submarine Cable System arrived at the Msasani Peninsula on Tuesday night and the exercise to lay the cable started early yesterday morning.

Speaking at the landing site, West Indian Ocean Cable Company Chief Executive Officer, Mr Chriss Wood said that the EASSy cable will deliver a massive 1.4 terabits per second of capacity, making it the largest submarine cable system around the continent.

It will land in 9 African countries and provide transit connectivity through backhaul networks to at least 12 landlocked countries, providing the greatest geographic coverage of any system in the region, he said.

"Interconnection with other undersea international cable systems will enable traffic on EASSy to seamlessly connect to Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia, thereby enhancing the east coast of Africa's connectivity to the global telecommunications network," he said.

Zantel and TTCL are the investors of the EASSy project in Tanzania and will be responsible for selling and distributing capacity to other network operators and internet service providers.

Zantel Chief Technical Officer, Mr Moncef Mettiji said that the landing of the cable is expected to revolutionalize internet technology as the EASSY cable will provide high speed with high bandwidth connectivity.

"Zantel is proud to be associated with with this project that will immensely contribute towards the social-economic development of the country and the East African region and Africa at large," he said.

"Today we are witnessing a historic event because through this technology Tanzania is now open to the world for business as better communications will facilitate more trade with other countries.

"EASSy is a critical element in Zantel's strategy to improve communications and broaden access to information throughout Tanzania and neighbouring countries, thereby enriching lives and supporting business growth", said Mr Mettiji.

Various mechanisms of our system encourage competition ensuring that the capacity is availed on an 'open access' basis, resulting in our members being best positioned to deliver the most affordable bandwidth in their markets, added Mr Muttiji.

Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority Director General Prof John Nkoma said that the landing of the EASSy cable in Tanzania will represent the next significant step towards completing the EASSy system that will be instrumental in bridging the digital divide and delivering cost-effective internet access to Tanzania and Africa at large.

He said that an extensive backhaul system linking landlocked countries to the coastal countries has been developed and is at various stages of completion adding that there is further need for stakeholders to ensure that the cable is distributed across the country to ensure that Tanzanians of all walks of life benefit.

The East African Submarine System (EASSy), a 10,000km submarine cable system in its finishing stages, is being implemented along the east coast of Africa with nine landing stations in Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.
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