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Africa-wide Press Release: The WIOCC-EASSy fibre optic cable went live on Friday July 16th, marking the final completion of a very successful construction program which started in Maputo, Mozambique in December 2009.
The going live of the WIOCC- EASSy cable marks the launch of the largest cable system serving sub-Saharan Africa. The cable, which has gone live in all the EASSy countries, connects Africa to the rest of the world.
All the EASSy landing stations have been completed, tested and are fully operational. These are Port Sudan, Djibouti, Mombasa, Daresalaam, Moroni in Comoros Islands, Toliary in Madagascar, Maputo in Mozambique and Mtuzini in South Africa.
The WIOCC-EASSy cable has the capability to deliver a massive 1.4Tbs of capacity making it the largest submarine cable system serving the African Continent. The cable is in 9 African countries, and will offer transit connectivity through backhaul networks to at least 12 landlocked countries, providing the greatest geographic coverage of any system in the region.
The CEO of WIOCC, Chris Wood said “EASSy will be the first east coast system to connect on a direct route to Europe, making it the lowest latency system for traffic to key internet peering points in Europe and North America. Whereas, other recently launched systems use a longer path to reach Europe, via connections in either India or UAE.”
EASSy will add to the diversity of cable systems and increase competition for sub-sea connectivity in the region and bring much needed resilience to the networks of the region’s telecoms operators.
WIOCC-EASSy offers African service providers a competitive edge, international carriers unmatched coverage, and businesses and consumers in the region an improved online experience, at lower cost and delivering high-quality access to global information and international markets.
The WIOCC- EASSy cable will be formally handed over to the WIOCC Board by Alcatel Submarine Networks, who were the sub-contractors, this week in Nairobi during the WIOCC board meeting that will be held on Wednesday 21st July.