Djibouti Telecom recently announced that the company has started the construction of a New Cable Landing Station in Djibouti City. As a leading strategic center for international telecommunications services in East Africa, Djibouti Telecom has two existing cable landing stations, housing 8 operational submarine cable systems and 5 on-project cable systems.
The new Cable Landing Station will be a neutral digital port which will provide an open access cable landing service to submarine cable operators for a neutral, safe and secure landing in Djibouti City. The new state-of-the-art building will consist of 3 floors with each floor having a 250 square meter equipment room designed with the latest technology offering unparalleled operating efficiency and security to host multiple cables.
The new CLS will be equipped with advanced security equipment, techniques and procedures to control access to the premise. Furthermore, the 3rd floor will be reserved for Colocation. This neutral colocation center will allow GAFAM or Cloud providers to host their servers closer to their African users. The New CLS is expected to be completed by April 2022.
During the past 10 years, Djibouti Telecom have invested over $200 million in new Submarine Cables and Terrestrial Networks to deal with the explosion of Internet traffic in Africa, which is increasing tenfold every five years. With the new station under construction, “Djibouti Telecom is building a real digital platform for the region”, commented Mohamed Assoweh Bouh, Director General of Djibouti Telecom. Today, Djibouti is a real African hub for Internet traffic.
Djibouti Telecom now operates two cable landing stations in Djibouti, the YAC A Cable Landing Station and the Haramous Cable Landing Station.
Five international submarine cable systems including AAE1, ADEN-DJIBOUTI, SEACOM, SMW3 and DARE1, are landing at the YAC A Cable Landing Station. Another three cables, EIG, EASSy and SMW5, are landing at the Haramous Cable Landing Station, in addtion to terrestrial cables to Ethiopia and Somalia.
Additionally, 5 new cable systems will land in Djibouti in the coming years, including PEACE, 2Africa, Africa-1, SMW6, IEX. Google's Blue-Raman cable might land in Djibouti as well.