DARE submarine cable system officially comes into force

Djibouti Map 1The system map of the DARE submarine cable system. (Image source: Djibouti Telecom)Djibouti Telecom and its partners have announced that the supply contract for the 5,400km Djibouti Africa Regional Express (DARE) submarine cable system has come into force, with TE SubCom being the supplier

The DARE submarine cable system will connect Djibouti and Kenya’s Mombasa, with branches to three major coastal cities in Somalia, such as Mogadishu, Berbera and Bosaso.

With the cable, DARE operators are expected to realise the productivity and cost advantages of a short-haul cable route, while still maintaining the capacity and reliability of a much larger long-haul system through the use of TE SubCom’s scalable system design.

The 100G based cable system is set to provide an alternative low-latency route to East Africa and the Horn of Africa with high-capacity transmission delivering up to 30 TBps of capacity.

“With high-capacity and low-latency, the DARE system will offer an alternative route to East Africa and the Horn of Africa, easing congestion across existing systems, promoting competition and supplying much needed capacity to a rapidly expanding region,” said Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, general manager of Djibouti Telecom.

He noted that the company is looking forward to launching the implementation phases of the project.

DARE is configured as a two fiber pair trunk, with each trunk fiber pair having cross- sectional capacity of 150 channels at 100 Gbps. DARE will also include diversified Points of Presence (PoP) with options for future connectivity via TE SubCom’s optical reconfigurable add and drop multiplexing (ROADM) product line.

Sanjay Chowbey, president of TE SubCom, added that the submarine cable project is considered to stimulate growth in the region by providing reliable and low-latency connectivity.

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