Djibouti Telecom and Somtel, along with their submarine system contractor, SubCom, say that the marine survey for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system was completed on January 21, 2019. The undersea cable route has been finalized as well. As part of this latter process, a new landing station in Bosaso, Somalia, has been added.
The DARE1 submarine cable system will connect Djibouti, Bosaso, Mogadishu (Somalia), and Mombasa (Kenya), a route of 4,747 km. DARE1 will support a capacity of up to 36 Tbps, say the participants. The cable trunk will comprise three fiber pairs, with each pair able to support 40 channels of 300 Gbps each. Manufacturing of the undersea cables and repeaters will begin this month, with the submarine network slated to be ready for service in June 2020. In establishing a cable landing station in Bosaso, the network backers will add a two-fiber-pair, repeatered branching unit of 108 km, equipped with a switched Wavelength Management Unit.
“We are excited about the completion of the marine survey and the additional landing point for DARE1. We believe this cable system is crucial for the development of the East African region and we are impressed by SubCom’s level of dedication and professional project management. We look forward to expanding DARE1 into other regions and connecting it with other cables to increase accessibility in Africa and across the globe,” said M Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Djibouti Telecom Director General.
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