Kenya has received its sixth submarine fibre cable worth USD400 million (Sh44 billion). Dubbed Peace Cable, it connects Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt, France and countries along the way with an extension to Singapore and South Africa.
ICT CS Joe Mucheru while speaking during the launch said the 15,000KM cable has a combined capacity of the other five launched in the past decade hence will improve efficiency and cutting internet costs in Kenya and the region.
The cable which is funded under Public Private Partnership courtesy of Telkom Kenya, Orange, Telecom Egypt, Cybernet, HMN Tech and PCCW Global has a designed capacity of 16 Terabytes per second and is expected to last 25 years.
Kenya just recently got the fifth 36-Terabyte undersea internet cable from Djibouti known as Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE 1).
The first one was TEAMS (The East African Marine System), which landed in 2009. Others are the Eastern African Submarine Cable System (EASsy) and Lion2 which links Madagascar to Kenya.