Djibouti Telecom breaks ground on new CLS

Djibouti Telecom breaks ground on new CLS

14 October 2021 | Natalie Bannerman

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Djibouti Telecom has begun construction of a new cable landing station (CLS) in Djibouti City.

With a network comprised of 8 operational subsea cables and 5 on-project cable systems, Djibouti Telecom is positioned as a centre for telecoms services in East Africa.

As such, this latest CLS comes in response to the ever-growing demand and need for network resiliency. This new facility adds to the company's two existing cable landing stations.

The new CLS is designed as a neutral digital port which will provide an open access cable landing service to subsea cable operators for a neutral, safe and secure landing in Djibouti City. Housed in a state-of-the-art building, the CLS will consist of 3 floors, each one with a 250 square meter equipment room powered with the latest technology and delivering "unparalleled operating efficiency and security to host multiple cables".

In addition, the new CLS will be equipped with advanced security equipment, techniques and procedures to control access to the premise. While the 3rd floor will be reserved for a neutral colocation centre, which will allow Google, Apple, Facebook, Amazon, and Microsoft (GAFAM) or cloud providers to host their servers closer to their African users.

With the new station under construction, “Djibouti Telecom is building a real digital platform for the region,” said Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, director general of Djibouti Telecom.

The new CLS is due to be completed by April 2022.

In related news, August saw Djibouti Telecom ramp up the capacity of its Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) network with Ciena.

For the upgrade, the operator used Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme submarine networking technology, enabling a doubling of rates up to 400Gbps. Spectrum-sharing capabilities also allow the partitioning of submarine optical spectrum to different users for more efficient asset use.