DARE1 consortium comprising Djibouti Telecom, Somtel and Telkom Kenya and its supplier SubCom announced on Wednesday that all manufacturing aspects for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) submarine cable system are complete. The DARE1 cable system includes three branch units off a three fiber-pair trunk, where each pair has a capacity of 40 channels at 300 Gbps.

The DARE1 cable system will have four landing stations respectlively in Djibouti (Djibouti), Bosaso (Somalia), Mogadishu (Somalia) and Mombasa (Kenya). With a finalised cable length of 4,854 km, DARE1 will include three branching units and 41 dual-stage repeaters to maximise its capacity. The loading of the cable onto the marine vessel SubCom Durable commenced on November 13, 2019 and is forecasted to be complete in December 2019. The project is progressing on schedule and the system is on track to be ready for commercial traffic in June 2020.

The four cable landing points are located in port cities along the eastern coast of Africa and will enable enhanced communication and connection with other cable systems around the globe. In addition to the dual-stage repeaters included on all branches of the system, the Bosaso and Mogadishu segments will be equipped with a switched ROADM, to provide flexible capacity routing and a robust fault protection scheme for the system. The structure of the DARE1 cable system includes three branch units off a three fiber-pair trunk, where each pair has a capacity of 40 channels at 300 Gbps.

DARE1 Cable Route
DARE1 Cable Route, Source: Djibouti Telecom