21 December 2017
| James Pearce
Djibouti Telecom and its partners have agreed a supplier contract with TE SubCom for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) subsea cable system.
DARE will link Djibouti with
Mobasa, Kenya, with branches to three major coastal cities in
Somalia - Mogadishu, Berbera, and Bosaso.
The 5,400km cable will offer 100G low-latency services to
East Africa and the Horn of Africa with high-capacity
transmission delivering up to 30Tbps of capacity. It is
configured as a two fibre pairt trunk, with each trunk fibre
pair offering cross-sectional capacity of 150 channels at
"With high-capacity and low-latency, the DARE system will
offer an alternative route to East Africa and the Horn of
Africa, easing congestion across existing systems, promoting
competition and supplying much needed capacity to a rapidly
expanding region," said M Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Djibouti
Telecom general manager.
"We are confident in TE SubCom’s superior
technology and operational expertise and look forward to
launching the implementation phases of the project."
DARE will include diversified points of presence (PoP) with
option for future connectivity via TE SubCom’s
reconfigurable optical add/drop multiplexing product line
(ROADM), with an additional optional branch available to Dar E
Salaam in Tanzania.
It mark the latest in a number of contracts for TE SubCom.
The subsea company is involved with the Monet cable linking
Latin America to Africa; Hawaiki, which links Australia to the
US via Hawaii; and a new Pacific cable involving Facebook and
Amazon, among others.
"Our selection as supplier demonstrates our commitment to
the regional short-haul marketplace and we are very pleased to
partner on the DARE project to deliver this system that will
stimulate growth in the region by providing robust, reliable
and low-latency connectivity," said Sanjay Chowbey, President,
TE SubCom. "TE SubCom is proud that DARE has entrusted our team
with the responsibility to make their project a reality."
The regional submarine cable system is expected to be
completed by May 2018.
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