Sh48 billion worth internet cable to connect Kenya with China

The 15,000 Km cable will result in faster internet speeds

The Sh48 billion worth internet cable connects Kenya to China

Kenyans have been promised faster internet after a new 15,000 Km fibre optic cable landed on the shores of Mombasa from China.

On Tuesday March 30, Telkom Kenya announced a deal with PEACE (Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe) with an aim to create more flexible digital connection options, including high speeds of 200 Gigabits Per Second (Gbps) per single wavelength.

Fibre optics are long, thin strands of carefully drawn glass arranged in bundles called optical cables. Peace and Telkom are relying on them to transmit light signals over long distances. But at the transmitting source, the light signals are encoded with data.

The 15,000 Km PEACE cable is part of Beijing’s Digital Silk Road initiative which involves deploying ICT infrastructure to boost trade and investment between the Asian economy and the rest of the world.

PEACE travels overland from China to Pakistan, then underwater for about 12,000 Km before terminating in France.

Another branch snakes southward to East Africa and lands in Mombasa. An extension to Singapore and Southern Africa is planned in the second phase, its promoters said in a press statement.

Speaking during the launch at Nyali, Mombasa, ICT Cabinet Secretary Joe Mucheru said Kenya was right inside the Fourth Industrial Revolution where demand for fast internet is at an all-time high.

“Right now, you can enjoy 5G data speeds at Uhuru Gardens. 5G smartphone penetration in Kenya is growing. More online business opportunities will be unlocked by this cable,” he said.

"The cable will help East Africa meet future broadband capacity requirements, bolster redundancy and minimise the transit time for connectivity to Asia and Europe," according to Mugo Kibati, Telkom Kenya’s CEO.

The Peace cable is the sixth submarine cable to land in Kenya, and Telkom operates and maintains five of the six.

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