The DARE1 consortium comprising Djibouti Telecom and Somtel and its supplier SubCom announced in later March the completion of marine survey for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system. The DARE1 cable route has been also finalized, adding a new cable landing station in Bosaso, Somalia. The DARE1 cable system will be deployed with 40 x 300 Gbps DWDM technology.

DARE1 Cable Map
DARE1 Cable Map,        Source: SubCom


The DARE1 cable system is the first step in a planned expansion into eastern Africa, which will connect Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). The final DARE1 cable route spans 4,747km. The initial design capacity of the DARE1 cable system is 36 Tbps.

The DARE1 cable system is designed with a three fiber-pair trunk connecting Djibouti (Djibouti) and Mombasa (Kenya), and two branches to Bosaso and Mogadishu in Somalia. The trunk will be deployed with 40 x 300 Gbps DWDM technology.

There are two fiber pairs in the Bosaso branch, with cable length of 108km. Bosaso is a port city in Puntland, Somalia and is the region’s commercial capital and a major seaport within the state.

The DARE1 cable project is progressing on schedule with the marine survey completed on January 21, 2019. Manufacturing of the undersea cables and repeaters will begin in April 2019.

The DARE1 cable system will be ready for commercial service in June 2020.