Installation of a sea cable that will link Kenya and Djibouti has started, even as the projected deadline of June 2020 nears.
The cable system, dubbed Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) and stretching across 4,854-kilometres under the sea, was initially estimated to cost $235 million.
Once in Kenya, it will be managed by Telkom Kenya.
The cable system has already landed in Djibouti, at La Siesta beach.
Once complete, the infrastructure will improve the quality and affordability of broadband internet access in the East and West coast of Africa, while offering a strategic alternative in the routing of traffic as well as the handling of increased continuity capacity to East Africa.
The DARE 1 Cable System will boost Kenya’s current capacity, given that it will be the largest, it will also provide an alternative redundant international connection, more importantly powered by newer and more reliable technology.Telkom Kenya’s senior manager, Kebaso Mokogi
Furthermore, the IFC announced plans to inject KSh2.5 billion in developing the project. The company responsible for the execution of the project is Western Indian Ocean Cable Company. Telkom Kenya has 9% share in the company.