The construction of the 1,4 Tb East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSY) has been completed ahead of schedule, on Monday, 19 April.
The installation phase started in December 2009, in Maputo, Mozambique. The undersea cable landed on the South African coast in February 2010 at Mtunzini and on 6th April on the Tanzanian shore, before the cable-laying vessel joined the two segments in the Indian Ocean.
“Now that this critical stage of the project has been completed successfully and ahead of time, we will start testing the system almost immediately”, said Chris Wood, West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) CEO, in a statement.
The EASSY cable will be launched in June and will deliver high-speed, fiber-optic connectivity to nine landing stations and other African landlocked countries, including Zambia, Zimbabwe, Malawi and Botswana.
According to Kenya’s Computerworld, EASSY will deliver connectivity to Europe via a direct route through the Red and Mediterranean Seas, reducing the time taken for traffic from Europe and North Africa to reach the East African coast and viceversa.
The East African Submarine System (EASSy) comprises of a 10,000km submarine cable system along the east coast of Africa, with 9 landing stations in Sudan, Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania, Comoros, Madagascar, Mozambique and South Africa.
[IT News Africa]
I pray to God this link wont be politicized…the zesco fiber link which is meant to be the main carrier is likely to be sold together as part of zamtel,which ultimately means the new owners of zamtel will have a monopoly on the interent service,and basically continue to give a raw deal to Zambians.God hepl Zambia
Zamtel is the shareholder in this cable. meaning the new owners of Zamtel will easily have investment in easy cable.
GRZ will be in a hurry now to sell ZAMTEL. Their monoply over the international gateway will now be eaten away as they held a stranglehold on communication to the outside world as it was only possible via satallite throu mwembeshi. Now ISPs will now be able to use this new link using VSATs.
A great development from men of vision. No doubt our country will fail to take advantage.
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