Kenya is set to host its third submarine optic fibre cable in slightly over a month's time with services accessible by the end of April, officials of the East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) have confirmed. However, piracy and insecurity off the coast of East Africa will lead to the project costing $6 million more, as the cable takes a longer route to avoid any incidents.
"We have had to re-route the cable out by 400km to avoid running into areas associated with Somali pirates. The additional cost has been absorbed into the total costs for the project and we are on track to meet our April 1 Mombasa landing date," said Chris Wood, CEO of the West Indian Cable Company (WIOCC).
WIOCC represents the consortium of African telcos who own the largest share in EASSy. Last year, the arrival of Seacom, the private sector-led submarine fibre project that landed in Mombasa last July, was delayed by a month due to piracy concerns. EASSy said that it had factored in the piracy element into its timelines and costings, leading to its firm announcement of a landing on April 1 in Mombasa.
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