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The Ile de Batz arrived at the Msasani Peninsula, off Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, on Tuesday night and cable laying started early the following morning.
Photos to follow… [see April 13th post]
Tanzanian operators Zantel and TTCL are both investors in WIOCC’s EASSy project, and will be responsible for selling and distributing capacity to other network operators and internet service providers.
Quoted at the landing event…
“Interconnection with other undersea international cable systems will enable traffic on EASSy to seamlessly connect to Europe, North and South America, the Middle East and Asia, thereby enhancing the east coast of Africa’s connectivity to the global telecommunications network”, Chris Wood, WIOCC CEO.
“Today we are witnessing a historic event because through this technology Tanzania is now open to the world for business as better communications will facilitate more trade with other countries”, Mr Moncef Mettiji, Zantel CTO.
“The landing of the EASSy cable in Tanzania will represent the next significant step towards completing the EASSy system that will be instrumental in bridging the digital divide and delivering cost-effective internet access to Tanzania and Africa at large”, Prof John Nkoma, Director General – Tanzania Communications Regulatory Authority.