Djibouti Launches DARE Project

June 1st, 2016 by · Leave a Comment

East Africa needs another submarine cable system, or so Djibouti Tleocom and six other regional telecommunications operators are betting.  Yesterday an agreement to build the Djibouti-Africa Regional Express, or DARE, was signed, with TE SubCom on tap for the actual construction.

DARE-cableThe new cable system will, assuming it comes to fruition, land in Djibouti itself, Kenya’s Mombasa, Tanzania’s Dar Es Salaam, the Yemeni port of Mocha, and in the Somali capital of Mogadishu as well as Bossasso and Berbera in the northern and nearly independent province of Somaliland. In all, it would stretch about 5,500km and have a theoretical capacity of 60Tbps.  Of course, regional bandwidth demand is going to have to grow rather precipitously to test that theoretical limit, but part of the rationale is that more connectivity will help spur further economic development.

The other six regional carriers in the consortium are Africa Marine Express, TeleYemen, Telesom Company, Hormuud Telecom Somalia Inc, Golis Telecom, and Somtel Group.  Completion is envisioned in May 2018, although in this part of the world there are enough potential hurdles to be going on with.

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