THT: The Somaliland digital space and interconnectivity is to start getting services from the Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe-PEACE submarine cable system.
The cable that has already landed in the Somaliland port city of Berbera is courtesy of a Consortium of local entrepreneurs namely SOMCABLE and the MSG Group of Companies both of which are headquartered in Hargeisa
Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) is initially a 15,000 km submarine cable from Pakistan to France, extended from Pakistan to Singapore for an additional 6,500km, with main trunk landing in Singapore, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt and France and branches to the Maldives, Malta, Cyprus, etc.
The PEACE cable system is designed with the latest 200G transmission technology and WSS ROAMD BU technology, which provides the capability to transmit over 16Tbps per fiber pair servicing growing regional capacity needs.
Somaliland is irrefutably one of the most important growth markets in the Horn and East Africa region , embracing digital transformation enabled by resurgent economic progress, Internet-literate youth, and growing appetite to assimilate technology led innovations.
This PEACE cable system substantially reduces network latency by adopting shortest direct route connectivity, providing cost-effective capacity in an economically growing region and enhancing route diversity between Asia, Africa and Europe.
Somaliland gets its first submarine cable as Peace Cable, a new submarine cable system, lands in Berbera. Kudos to Somcable and MSG Group of Companies. pic.twitter.com/cIVq8aQceg pic.twitter.com/3kkufPuCIT
— MP Indho Indho (@mp_indho_Indho) May 4, 2022
PEACE is privately owned and invested by PEACE CABLE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK CO., LIMITED, a subsidiary of China-based HENGTONG Group, and supplied by HMN Tech (formerly Huawei Marine).
Cyta deploys its private ARSINOE cable system connecting Cyprus with France and Egypt, as part of the PEACE cable system.
GO deploys its private LaValette cable system connecting Malta with France and Egypt, as part of the PEACE cable system.
New subsea cables across Africa will reduce cost of international bandwidth significantly, increase bandwidth consumption, create cyclic demand generation and eventually lead to democratization of broadband Internet access, that has already ushered a new era of education, healthcare, banking in several parts of Africa. It will hopefully narrow the digital divide and allow countries to speed up economic and social development. Thankfully nearly all the countries in Africa today have at least one subsea cable and that opens the gates for communication and collaboration with the rest of the world.