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Updated Feb 5, 2020

A 5,400-kilometer undersea communications cable named the Djibouti Africa Regional Express-1 (DARE-1) officially landed in La Siesta Beach in Djibouti on January 22, and installation is under way to connect Djibouti to the Somali cities of Mogadishu, Berbera, and Bosaso, as well as Mombasa, Kenya. The cable is managed by a consortium of local East African operators—Djibouti Telecom, Telecom Kenya, SubCom, and Somtel, among others—and is expected to offer up to 36 terabits per second of Internet access for East Africa.

Installation vessels have already begun work on the undersea portions of the DARE-1 system, expected to be completed by March 2020. This telecom cable will be the fifth such system Kenya has linked to after announcing the plan last year to join up at the cost of US$59 million. Yemen is also set to be connected to the DARE-1 system, which will be integrated into broader underwater cable networks linking East Africa to Europe, the Middle East, and Asia.

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