Connected since 2011 to three fiber optic submarine systems, Somalia recorded an increasing demand for broadband connectivity last year. Dalkom Somalia has made a commitment to respond to this by providing the country with new data capacities.
Broadband telecom service provider Dalkom Somalia has secured a € 12 million loan from the European Investment Bank (EIB) to connect the country to a new submarine fiber optic system, the 2Africa cable. Part of the money will also finance the deployment of the first segment of a new national fiber optic backbone that will interconnect Mogadishu, the capital, to other regions of the country.
In May 2020, Somali Minister of Posts, Telecommunications and Technology, Abdi Ashur Hassan, judged Dalkom Somalia’s interest in the 2Africa system as an opportunity to create new economic opportunities that will help the country develop its ecosystem. telecoms and take advantage of the digital economy.
Thanks to its investments in telecoms infrastructure, Dalkom has already connected Somalia to several optical fiber submarine systems, notably the East African submarine system (EASSy), the Europe India Gateway submarine cable. (EIG), the West African Submarine System (WACS). But the demand for broadband connectivity has continued to grow. The global pandemic has increased consumer pressure on service providers for more data capacity. In their Digital Report 2021, Hootsuite and We Are Social reveal that the number of internet subscribers increased from 1.63 million users to 1.95 million between January 2020 and January 2021.
For the EIB, Somalia’s connection to the new submarine system will ” dramatically improve Somalia’s digital infrastructure by diversifying the country’s international connectivity and enabling the expansion of broadband networks into previously underserved areas. . The project has various socio-economic benefits derived from Somalia’s digital transformation, post-Covid-19 recovery and enhanced cross-sector economic resilience ”.