According to Djibouti Telecom, the DARE-1 cable connecting Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya has been in service since early February 2021. The DARE-1 cable spans about 4,900 km, equipped with the latest generation of optical fiber for a total system capacity of 36Tbps on three fiber pairs.
The Dare-1 consortium brings together Djibouti Telecom, Somtel, Hormuud Telecom and Telkom Kenya. They have invested a total amount of over 81 million US Dollars. It took more than 5 years for the Dare-1 cable project to achieve ready for service.
This Dare-1 cable is a new model of partnership and economic integration between regional telecom operators and provides a new direct highway between Bosaso (Puntland), Mogadishu (capital of Somalia) to Mombasa (Kenya).
DARE1 is a new low-latency cable system aimed at bringing content closer to end-users in Africa, providing the region with much-needed internet capacity and access to global cloud computing services. The cable has a capacity of 36 Terabits and will connect East Africa and beyond with data centers and content providers around the world. It is the largest cable ever built in the region in terms of capacity. The GAFAMs, the web giants, are installing more and more servers in Africa, because they want to get closer to user traffic. A large part of the services which were previously hosted in Europe or the USA will now be available in Djibouti. A choice that improves the speed of access to information.
As declared by the Minister of Communication, Posts and Telecommunications, SE. Radwan Abdillahi Bahdon, the DARE-1 cable project is a new step in Djibouti government's strategy to make Djibouti a hub for international cable systems, under the leadership of the President SE. Ismaël Omar Guelleh.
There are more than 8 cables landing in Djibouti.
Djibouti owns the precious distinction of being the most connected country and a technological center for sub-Saharan Africa.