E-Marine restores EASSy connectivity

14 August 2017 | James Pearce


Etisalat’s E-Marine has restored service on the 10,000km sub-Saharan Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) that runs the length of Africa’s east coast.

The cable, which runs from Mtunzini in South Africa to Port Sudan in Sudan, was damaged around 4km off the coast of Somalia, leading to a loss of service, although Etisalat did not disclose how long it was down for. 

The EASSy project, partially funded by the World Bank, was initiated on January 2003 and the cable entered service on 16 July 2010. Operators include WIOCC, MTN, BT, Etisalat, Bharti Airtel, and STC, among others.

E-Marine deployed CS Maram, its first green cable ship, to conduct the repair in a rugged terrain with adverse monsoons and wind speeds touching nearly 100kmph and waves reaching a height of 8-9 meters.

Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, managing director and CEO of E-marine, said: “E-marine is committed to provide world-class service to its clients and maintaining their cables in proper order. Since we are strategically located in the region, and have specialized submarine cable equipment and infrastructure, we offer repairs in the quickest possible time to ensure fast restoration of the affected cable. 

“This operation proves that E-marine is committed to offer world-class repairs in the most efficient and timely manner to clients based across the region.”