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Undersea cables come to East Africa

Pulling the EASSy cable onshore to bring greater connectivity to Eastern Africa

22 March 2010, Mombasa, Kenya

ITU is delighted to mark a major step forward in advancing Africa’s connectivity to modern information and communication technologies, with the landing of the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) in Mombasa, Kenya, this week.

Incorporating the latest developments in submarine fibre optic technology, the 1.4 Tbps cable will provide connectivity throughout South and East Africa, as well as interconnection to multiple international submarine cable networks for seamless onward connectivity to Europe, USA, Middle East and Asia.

ITU Secretary-General Dr Hamadoun Touré, and Mr Brahima Sanou, Head, ITU Africa Regional Office, were in Mombasa to celebrate the latest EASSy cable landing. Over 6,500km of the planned 10,000km cable is now in place. “The arrival of new submarine cables like EASSy will be a key enabler for the region’s growth and development, particularly in the area of broadband,” said Dr Touré.



From left to right: Charles Njoroge (Director General, Communications Commission of Kenya), Chris Wood (CEO, WIOCC), Samuel Poghisio (Kenya's Minister of Information and Communication), and Hamadoun Touré (ITU Secretary-General), help with the landing of the EASSy fibre-optic cable