Deployment of DARE1 submarine in East African region completed in March 2020

Djibouti Telecom, Somtel, Telkom Kenya and SubCom announced that the deployment of the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system is expected to be completed in March 2020. The four telecom companies revealed that the very high-speed telecoms infrastructure has already landed at La Siesta Beach in Djibouti. Apart from the installation in Djibouti, installation in the Bosaso landing stations (in Somalian Puntland), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya) has also started.

It is in June 2020 that the provisional reception of the telecoms system should take place which will contribute to an improvement of connectivity in the East African region. Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti are waiting for it to offer more effective communications to the populations.

Commenting the latest development, Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, General Manager of Djibouti Telecom declared: “with high capacity and low latency, the DARE1 system will offer an alternative route to East Africa and the Horn of Africa, reducing congestion between existing systems, promoting competition and providing the capacity for a rapidly expanding region.”

With a transmission capacity of up to 30 Tbps, DARE1 is composed of two pairs of fibers. The infrastructure, in addition to the defined points of presence, will include an optional point of presence in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania.