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Project Brief - EASSy


The EASSy is an initiative to construct and operate a submarine fiber-optic cable along the east coast of Africa to connect 20 coastal and land-locked countries to each other and to the rest of the world. The project, with an estimated total cost of USD 235 million, will run cable from Port Sudan, Sudan to Mtunzini, South Africa, covering approximately 9,000 km. 29 leading telecommunications operators from East and Southern Africa make up the initial parties involved in the construction and maintenance of EASSy. The EASSy project will provide the last link to completely encircle Africa with high-capacity fiber-optic telecommunications networks. The ultimate aim of the project is to reduce the cost of transporting telecommunications (voice and data) inside and outside the continent through terrestrial networks as opposed to satellite networks. Through improved inter regional and global communications, the EASSy project will add immense economic and development benefits to the continent.

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