The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System

Mr Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC and Co-Chair of the EASSy Management Committee, today announces on behalf of the EASSy submarine fibre-optic cable Management Committee that the EASSy system will be upgraded in 2011, more than doubling the current available capacity on the system.

Following an extremely successful initial four months of operation, during which the system has enjoyed 100% network reliability, EASSy has taken the decision to increase its “lit capacity” utilising the latest 40Gbps wavelength technology. “The decision was taken to upgrade the system following a review of the rate at which we are activating capacity. By utilising 40Gbps wavelengths, the EASSy system will be able to continue to offer the most cost-effective and reliable solution to customers in East and southern Africa,” said Mr C. Seenevassen of Mauritius Telecom.

More than 25 telecommunications operators mainly from Africa, along with a number of global operators who invested in EASSy, have activated capacity on the system since going live in July 2010. The system is the largest system serving Africa and is capable of delivering 3.84 Terabits per second.

With landing points in every coastal country from South Africa to Sudan, as well as landings in Madagascar and Comores, EASSy provides the most extensive reach on the East African coast and provides onward global connectivity through multiple interconnect points with other fibre-optic systems.

EASSy Chairman, Munir Taha of Sudatel, proudly stated that, “The system has been exceptionally successful since launch earlier this year and has shown the importance of true network resilience to customers throughout the region. As a result, we now see the need to increase available capacity to cater for increased demand from African and International operators. As the EASSy system offers customers the most resilient and lowest latency technical solution for services from Africa to Europe, it is becoming the system of choice for many African Telcos and ISPs.”

“The level of capacity sales in the first few months of operation has
outstripped our initial forecasts and so we have taken the decision to bring forward the first upgrade of the system”, explained Mr Chris Wood, CEO of WIOCC, the largest investor in the cable. “The system’s 100% reliability record has begun to change the game in Africa. For the first time, truly reliable services are being offered in the region, allowing ISPs and Telcos the opportunity to provide world class service for their customers. The change in focus from one purely relating to price, to that of “best value” and quality, shows that the market is maturing. The increased demand for capacity on EASSy is a clear indication that quality is key and is a message to other network operators – customers will not accept second best and demand reliability”.

Delivering the lowest cost base to the owners and purchasers of capacity on the system has always been a key objective for the system. “EASSy has been in negotiations with potential providers of the planned upgrade for a number of months and will shortly be awarding the contract to install the necessary equipment. The process of inviting multiple potential suppliers to present proposals for the upgrade has enabled EASSy to once again deliver the best technical solution at the lowest cost”, said Mr. Jacques van der Walt, Chairman of the Procurement Group responsible for technical aspects of EASSy

Aug 2010
EASSy Enters Commercial Service
Aug. 5, 2010: Dr. Angus Hay, CTO of Neotel, today announces on behalf of the EASSy Cable Management Committee that the EASSy system has entered commercial service since 30th July 2010.

Following the completion of the construction of EASSy in April 2010, the system owners have carried out extensive and rigorous tests to ensure that the system meets the highest international standards. “We are confident that this is the most reliable system serving the African continent,” said Mr. Jacques van der Walt, Chairman of the Procurement Group responsible for technical aspects of EASSy. More than 25 telecommunications operators mainly from Africa, along with a number of global operators who invested in EASSy, have commenced customer service on the cable …

July 2010E-Marine inks EASSy agreement
E-marine, a leader in submarine cable installation, maintenance and repair, has signed a maintenance and storage agreement with East African Submarine System (EASSy)… July 2010
EASSy here within weeks
EASSy nearly completed with testing phase; commercial services here within the next few weeks …

April 2010EASSy construction completed ahead of schedule
The construction of the East Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) was completed on Monday 19th April, a few days ahead of schedule, marking a milestone toward the launch of the cable in June. The joining of the two segments making up EASSy network was completed on the Ile de Batz in the Indian Ocean just off the East African coast at 0040 local time … April 2010

EASSy lands in S. Africa
ITranscript of a MoneyWeb Radio interview with Trevor Martins …. Mar 2010Madagascar connects to EASSy cable
Madagascar has been connected to EASSy, a subsea fibre-optic cable that connects countries on Africa’s eastern coast to the rest of the world …

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