Kenya Gets 36-Terabyte Undersea Broadband Fibre Optic Cable

Kenya Gets 36-Terabyte Undersea Broadband Fibre Optic Cable

Maritime PS Nancy Karigithu receives the 36 TB undersea cable after in landed in Mombasa on Friday from Djibouti. PHOTO: Telkom Kenya

A 4000 kilometers fibre optic cable bringing broadband Internet connectivity to East Africa, reached the Kenyan coast on Friday.

The Djibouti Africa Regional Express with the moniker DARE 1 is expected to enhance high broadband connectivity in the region delivering 36 terabytes of data.

DARE 1 becomes the fifth undersea cable broadband infrastructure to link Kenya with the rest of the world after landing of SEACOM, Easts African Marine Cable System, Eastern African Submarine Cable System (EASsy) and Madagascar linked, Lion2.

“DARE 1 not only brings an investment opportunity but unrivalled redundant international connection on newer technology as we seek to continuity for businesses,” said said Telkom Kenya managing director of carrier services George Kebaso.

Kenya has access to both, one an express route from Djibouti to Mombasa and the second one terminating into Somalia and then Kenya.


The DARE 1 fibre optic submarine cable project is a joint venture of the Kenyan government of Kenya through Telkom Kenya, Djibouti Telcom and Somalia’s Somtel.

Telkom Kenya owns a 23 per cent stake in TEAMs, a 5000km undersea fibre optic cable through Fujairah, UAE; a 10 per cent stake in LION2 another 2700km undersea fibre optic cable through Mauritius and a 2.6 per cent stake in the East African Submarine System Cable.

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