As of today, more than 9,870km of the EASSy cable has been deployed.
Speeches at EASSy's Mombasa landing
“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.
EASSY Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System:
“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.
At EASSy, we are firmly committed to providing customers with affordable, high-speed, fibre-optic connectivity into and within the eastern and southern half of Africa. In a related project, investors in the EASSy system are constructing and interconnecting terrestrial fibre backhauls to link the land-locked countries of the region to the cable. This is enabling customers to take advantage of high-speed international connectivity from a wide variety of locations across the eastern and southern half of Africa. In a related project, investors in the EASSy system are building terrestrial fibre backhauls to link the land-locked countries of the region to the cable. is the largest shareholder in EASSy. It is jointly funded by a number of Development Financial Institutions and the following African telecoms operators: EASSy is the highest capacity system serving sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 10Tbps, 2 fibre-pair configuration. It is the first to deliver direct connectivity between eastern Africa and Europe / North America. It is also the only system with built-in resilience end-to-end. EASSy interconnects with multiple international submarine cable networks for diverse, seamless onward connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia. The EASSy system was completed on time and within budget – representing a huge success given the complexity of the project. Permits were secured and surveys undertaken across 9 separate administrations. Over 10,000km of optical fibre – together with the subsea equipment (repeaters and branching units) that is key to its functionality – was manufactured, integrated and deployed (over nearly five months) on or under the seabed. Nine landing stations were constructed or refurbished, fitted out with leading-edge optical and power equipment and management systems, and interconnected with terrestrial fibre-optic networks and the EASSy cable. Even after the deployment itself was complete, two months of testing were undertaken to ensure the integrity and performance of the system before launch at end-July 2010. EASSy is now providing high-quality, high-performance internet, voice and data connectivity to businesses and consumers across a growing number of locations and markets throughout eastern and southern half of Africa.