What is EASSy

EASSy is a 10,000km submarine cable system deployed along the east and south coast of Africa. It links South Africa with Sudan via landing points in Mozambique, Madagascar, the Comoros, Tanzania, Kenya, Somalia and Djibouti. The cable incorporates the latest developments in submarine fibre-optic technology, making it economical to connect the sub-Saharan Africa into the high-speed global telecommunications network. The system is owned and operated by a group of 16 African (92%) and international (8%) shareholders – all telecommunications operators and service providers.

EASSy is the highest capacity system serving sub-Saharan Africa, with more than 10Tbps, 2 fibre-pair configuration. It is the first to deliver direct connectivity between eastern Africa and Europe / North America. It is also the only system with built-in resilience end-to-end. EASSy interconnects with multiple international submarine cable networks for diverse, seamless onward connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

In a related project, investors in the EASSy system are building terrestrial fibre backhauls to link the land-locked countries of the region to the cable.