04 Jan East Africa: TE SubCom to start work on DARE submarine cable system in East Africa
Djibouti Telecom and its partners have announced that the supply contract for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine cable system has come into force, with TE SubCom as supplier. The 5,400-km DARE cable will connect Djibouti and Mombasa, Kenya, with branches to three major coastal cities in Somalia, respectively Mogadishu, Berbera, and Bosaso, providing an alternative high-capacity and low-latency route to the Horn of Africa and East Africa.
With the cable, DARE operators will realize the productivity and cost advantages of a short-haul cable route while still maintaining the capacity and reliability of a much larger long-haul system through the use of TE SubCom’s scalable system design, the vendor said. The DARE consortium is composed of Djibouti Telecom and its partners in Somalia and Kenya.
DARE is configured as a two fibre pair trunk and each trunk fibre pair has cross-sectional capacity of 150 channels at 100 Gbps. The cable will include diversified Points of Presence with options for future connectivity via TE SubCom’s ROADM product line. An additional optional branch is available to Dar Es Salaam (Tanzania).