Telkom, internet firm land high-speed submarine cable in Kenya

Telecommunications firm Telkom, and the PEACE Cable Company have jointly landed a new submarine cable in Mombasa.

The PEACE Cable seeks to bring faster and more stable communication services connecting Africa, Europe, and Asia.

The internet line will link France to Pakistan via the Europe-Asia route, and Mombasa, Kenya, via an Indian Ocean route. This means the cable provides the most direct connectivity route from Asia and East Africa to Europe, reducing communication delays between the continents.

The 15,000km long PEACE cable will give Kenya a strategic boost with respect to more flexible digital connection options, including high-speeds of 200 Gbps per single wavelength with a total capacity of 192Tbps, as well as stable and secure data access possibilities.

Tech- savvy analysts say the continued growth in consumer demand for connectivity and data will unlock new markets for co-location data centres, content development networks and over-the-top service providers in the country.

Telkom chief executive Mugo Kibati said investment in submarine cables is a strategic move for the firm, noting that access to the internet is a fundamental human right.

“Interest in this kind of delivery infrastructure is growing due to the sharp increase in the demand of internet services including cloud computing, streaming, gaming, connected devices, and also taking into account the customer’s demand for seamless service provision with no interruption,” he said.

“We are therefore proud to contribute to Kenya’s strategic evolution to become a digital economy, in line with the country’s Big 4 Agenda that relies on ICTs to enhance processes, improve efficiencies, and boost consistency in service delivery to Kenyans.”

The ultra-high capacity Cable, Mr Kibati noted, will assist Kenya and the region in meeting its current and future broadband capacity requirements, bolster redundancy, minimise transit time of our country’s connectivity to Asia and Europe, as well as assist carriers in providing affordable services to Kenyans.

“This is in line with our long-term goal of effectively addressing the digital transformation being witnessed in Kenya and the region, as we seek to become the technology partner of choice in these markets,” he said.

The PEACE Cable is the sixth submarine cable to land in Kenya. Others are the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE 1), SEACOM, The East African Marine System (TEAMS), the Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) and the Lower Indian Ocean NetWork II (LION II).

PEACE’s second phase will see the cable extend to Singapore and Southern Africa, boosting bandwidth and connectivity from its current African landing point in Mombasa, all the way to South Africa, consequently opening new markets to cable partners in East Africa and the Southern African Development Community (SADC).

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