Hormuud Telecom CLS in Somalia is Complete
Vertiv helps telco complete new CLS
By Dan Swinhoe, Datacenterdynamics.com
November 2, 2022
A cable landing station (CLS) has been completed in Somalia.
Vertiv this week announced it had completed the installation of Hormuud Telecom’s undersea cable landing station in Somalia.
The precise location of the facility wasn’t shared, but the companies said the open-access CLS will accommodate various submarine cables.
Netsure 7100 Semi-Bulk DC power systems, Liebert PDX direct expansion floor-mount cooling units, energy storage systems and inverters, and a series of project services, including installation supervision and commissioning.
“This cable landing station is monumental for Somalia’s digital growth and to put it on the global map of digitalization. In today’s world, and especially the post-pandemic world, it is essential for all citizens to have access to the internet and data. The project’s goal is to fill the gaps in Internet infrastructure that exist currently in the Somali landscape. The deployment of this landmark undersea cable positions the region for much-needed high-speed internet,” said Pierre Havenga, managing director of Vertiv in Africa. “We are thrilled to be part of this visionary project with Hormuud Telecom and to bring our cutting-edge technology to Somalia in a bid to scale its socio-economic growth. This is a big milestone for all those involved in the project.”
Based in Mogadishu and founded in 2002, Hormuud Telecom is a major telco provider in Somalia. Last year it became a new member and signatory of DARE1 Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA).
Somalia currently has three cable landing points in cable Mogadishu for the Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) and Djibouti Africa Regional Express 1 (DARE1) cables. The Meta-led 2Africa cable is also due to land in the city.
Bosaso is also home to the DARE1 and Gulf2Africa (G2A) cables. G2A also lands at Berbera, with the city also set to be a landing point for the Africa-1 and 2Africa cables.
The upcoming Peace cable is set to land in Mogadishu, and will include additional landing points in Somalia at Kismayo, Bosaso, and Kismayo.
Vertiv’s solutions in the project – in partnership with Pure Earth International, a Vertiv authorized distributor across the horn of Africa – including
“Hormuud Telecom anticipates significant expansion in the network capacity of multiple submarine cables for Somalia in the near future. Vertiv’s global reputation, breadth of industry knowledge, and wealth of experience in manufacturing and installing cable landing stations within Africa have made it the vendor of choice for Hormuud Telecom,” said Yasin Hassan, head of corporate communications at Hormuud Telecom.
“These partnerships and infrastructure investments, in addition to the sustenance of technology hubs and start-up companies, boldly accentuate Hormuud Telecom’s vision for a better-connected Somalia.”