The Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System (EASSy) is an undersea fibre optic cable system connecting countries in Eastern Africa to the rest of the world.

EASSy (Eastern Africa Submarine Cable System)
Landing points
Total length10,000 km[1]
Design capacitymore than 10 Tbit/s[1]
TechnologyFiber optics
Date of first useJuly 16, 2010 (2010-07-16)

EASSy runs from Mtunzini in South Africa to Port Sudan in Sudan, with landing points in nine countries and is connected to at least ten landlocked countries — which will no longer have to rely on satellite Internet access to carry voice and data services.

EASSy was the highest capacity system serving sub-Saharan Africa until the commissioning of WACS. It has a 2 fibre-pair configuration with a design capacity of more than 10 terabit per second (Tbit/s).[1] It is the first to deliver direct connectivity between east Africa and Europe / North America. It is the only system with built-in resilience end-to-end. EASSy interconnects with multiple international submarine cable networks for onward connectivity to Europe, the Americas, the Middle East and Asia.

The project, partially funded by the World Bank, was initiated on January 2003, when a handful of companies investigated its feasibility. The cable entered service on 16 July 2010,[2] with commercial service starting on 30 July 2010.[3]

Project milestonesEdit

  • MoU signature – December 2003
  • Detailed feasibility study – March 2004
  • Data gathering meeting – June 2005
  • C&MA drafting finalization – March 2006
  • Supply contract award – September 2006
  • Registration/incorporation of SPV – January 2007
  • Construction and maintenance agreement (Shareholders' Agreement) Signature (C&MA) – 12 October 2006 to 12 February 2007
  • Financial closure – March 2007
  • Supply contract signature – March 2007
  • Construction Started – March 2008
  • Cable manufacture complete – November 2009
  • Marine laying commencing – December 2009
  • Construction complete – April 2010
  • Live – July 2010

Telecommunications companies of participating nationsEdit

Cable landing pointsEdit

The cable landing points are:[4]

See alsoEdit


  1. ^ a b c "About EASSY". Archived from the original on 2012-04-18. Retrieved 2011-11-16.
  2. ^ "WIOCC-EASSy fibre cable goes live". Archived from the original on 2010-04-11. Retrieved 2010-07-28.
  3. ^ EASSy enters commercial service
  4. ^ "EASSy network topology". Archived from the original on 2011-02-26. Retrieved 2010-07-28.

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