Connecting Africa is part of the Informa Tech Division of Informa PLC

This site is operated by a business or businesses owned by Informa PLC and all copyright resides with them. Informa PLC's registered office is 5 Howick Place, London SW1P 1WG. Registered in England and Wales. Number 3099067.

Ultra-Broadband

PEACE Subsea Cable Set for Late 2019 Launch

Article Image
Huawei Marine Networks is about to commence the next development stage of the planned Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) cable system that will link East Africa and Asia, with expectations that the network will be operational before the end of next year.

Having completed the "desktop study" of the network with partner Tropic Science, Huawei Marine is set to begin the marine survey on January 15, followed by construction and the planned commercial launch of the network in the fourth quarter of 2019.

The first phase of the cable system, based on 200G DWDM technology and providing up to 60 Tbit/s of design capacity, will connect Pakistan (Gwadar and Karachi), Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya and span 6,200km in length. The second phase will provide the extended option to South Africa and Europe (via Egypt), with a total length of about 13,000km.

The idea behind the network is to provide enhanced connectivity between Africa, Asia and Europe and, by connecting with existing subsea and overland transport cables (from Pakistan to China), reduce the route length and latency on the Africa-to-China and China-to-Europe routes.

The cable system is owned and managed by Tropic Science and China-ASEAN Information Harbor, which have sourced finance from the China Construction Bank. The owners signed a memorandum of understanding (MoU) with Huawei Marine in October of last year. The planned total investment in the cable system has not been made public.

Tropic Science believes Africa is a more attractive market to connect to than most others due to its ongoing communication network development and the growth in Internet users across the continent.

The PEACE cable will add to the importance of Djibouti as an international connectivity hub for Africa and provide additional international links from East Africa, which is gaining subsea connectivity at an impressive pace: In June 2017, the AAE-1 (Asia-Africa-Europe 1), a 25,000km subsea network running from Europe (France, Italy, Greece) via Egypt and Djibouti to the Middle East and on to India and the Far East, came into service. (See The Making of Africa's Most Strategic Bandwidth Hub and Africa Gets Another Subsea Link as AAE-1 Goes Live.)

— Ray Le Maistre, International Group Editor, Light Reading, for Connecting Africa

Innovation hub

Story

Hot startup of the month: Kenya's Swifttdial

Kenyan company Swifttdial is helping companies in Kenya and Nigeria set up cloud-based virtual call centers, with plans to expand further into West Africa.

Story

Hot startup of the month: Egyptian telemedicine platform Vezeeta

Vezeeta, an Egyptian telemedicine platform, had a big 2020, raising US$40 million in Series D funding and expanding its healthtech services into Kenya and Nigeria.

More Innovation hub

Industry announcements

More Industry announcements

AfricaCom perspectives

Story

How Poa Internet is unlocking meaningful connectivity in East Africa

Poa Internet's CEO Andy Halsall shares his views on what it takes to develop last-mile connectivity and get Africans online in a meaningful way.

Story

AfricaCom Interview: Onica Makwakwa on closing the digital gender gap

The Alliance for Affordable Internet's head of Africa, Onica Makwakwa, shares her views on how to narrow the digital gender gap and the challenges keeping women offline on the continent.

Story

AfricaCom Interview: Tunde Fafunwa on how the ACIP is fighting COVID-19

Tunde Fafunwa from the UN Economic Commission for Africa explains how the Africa Communication and Information Platform (ACIP) is helping Africa's battle against COVID-19.

More AfricaCom perspectives

Flash poll

All polls

Latest video

More videos

Upcoming events

East Africa Com
May 11-12, 2021
Virtual Event
Africa Tech Festival
November 8-12, 2021
Cape Town, South Africa
More Upcoming events

Sponsored video

More videos

Partner perspectives

How mobile operators in Africa can address signalling threats and secure the network
By Katia Gonzalez, Head of Fraud and Security at BICS

SD-WAN and satellite – how MNOs and telcos can enjoy the best of both worlds
By Ofer Asif, SVP BizDev, marketing and strategy at Spacecom

Africa's mobile operators need better roaming monetization for growth
By Damion Rose, product manager for Mobile Signaling and Roaming Solutions at BICS

All Partner Perspectives

Like us on Facebook

Newsletter Sign Up


Sign Up