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14 November 2013
WIOCC and Dalkom Somalia will launch connectivity to and from Somalia via the EASSy cable from Q1 2014.
The agreement means the
companies will offer direct services from Mogadishu to the rest of
the world. Capacity between 2Mbps to 10Gbps and above will
become available to companies and customers in the
Chris Wood, CEO at WIOCC, said the roll-out and uptake of
internet access and advanced services had been severely
restricted in Somalia until now, because the company had been
served exclusively by satellite.
"WIOCC and Dalkom will be the first into commercial operation
with international fibre-optic connectivity direct into
Mogadishu," he said. "The new services from WIOCC will reduce
the cost of international bandwidth and drive significant
improvements in performance."
Dalkom Somalia, WIOCC’s domestic partner, is
building a 1,000 square metre data centre to host equipment for
all Mogadishu operators and ISPs, to facilitate direct
connection into the international fibre network.