By SubTel Forum

The West Indian Ocean Cable Company (WIOCC) has announced that the first section of the EASSy system is laid in Maputo Bay, Mozambique marking a major milestone in the system's construction.

WIOCC will offer a range of services to African and international carriers, extending the reach of the EASSy network through interconnection agreements with operators of other international submarine cable systems giving access to Asia, the Middle East, Europe and the Americas. WIOCC will also take advantage of its owners’ extensive national networks to extend services from EASSy’s coastal landing stations to key cities in each country, and for the first time open up access to many land-locked countries in Africa’s interior.

The East African Submarine Cable system (EASSy) project consists of the construction of a 10,000 km fibre-optic submarine cable along the East African coast, linking Sudan to South Africa with other landing points in Djibouti, Somalia, Kenya, Tanzania Comoros, Madagascar and Mozambique. In a related project, EASSy signatories are building of terrestrial fibre backhauls to link the land-locked countries of the region to the cable (Ethiopia, Uganda, Burundi, Rwanda, Malawi, Zambia, Zimbabwe, Botswana, Swaziland and Lesotho).