Construction of the East African Submarine (EASSy) undersea cable is on track, with physical installation due to begin twithin weeks.
This is ccording to Neotel, which recently attended a Management Committee meeting of the EASSy Cable in Zambia, where it was noted that the manufacture of various elements of the EASSy system is at an advanced stage.
In addition, the nine cable landing stations – Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mogadishu (Somalia), Mombasa (Kenya), Dar es Salaam (Tanzania), Moroni (Comoros), Toliary (Madagascar), Maputo (Mozambique) and Mtunzini (South Africa) – are either ready or in the final stages of construction.
"As a local company providing global access, we are the only telecoms company that offers connectivity through all international cabling systems – Eassy (East Africa), WACS (West Africa), SAFE/SAT 3 and Seacom,” says Angus Hay, executive head of technology at Neotel.
The physical installation of the EASSy cable will start with the laying of the shore end cable in Maputo, Mozambique. The cable, which has been shipped from the Alcatel–Lucent factory in Calais, France, will be installed in the coming weeks.
The first cable loading on board a ship started in September 2009 in preparation for laying it in the next few months.
EASSy is a consortium of 27 operators building an open access international fibre optic submarine cable, comprising Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Bharti, BT, Comores Telecom, Etisalat (UAE), Neotel (South Africa), France Telecom, Mauritius Telecom, MTN Group, STC Group, Sudan Telecom, Telecom Malagasy, TTCL (Tanzania), Telkom South Africa, Vodacom, Zamtel and WIOCC, a joint venture comprising Botswana Telecommunications Corporation, Dalkom Somalia, Djibouti Telecom, Gilat Satcom Nigeria, Lesotho C.A., Onatel Burundi, Telecomunicaçoes de Mozambique, Telkom Kenya, UCOM Burundi, Uganda Telecom and Zanzibar Telecom.