Kenya takes it EASSy

4 May 2006

The Kenyan government is considering going it alone with a planned KES15 billion international submarine cable after years of delays. Three years ago Kenya teamed up with twelve other African nations to construct the 9,900km Eastern Africa Submarine System (EASSy), but it now says negotiations over the deal have taken too long and it may begin construction on its own. Local newspaper The Nation quotes the country’s Information and Communication permanent secretary Bitange Ndemo, who says: “The costs of the meetings is almost half the total cost of the project”. Other countries involved with the EASSy project are Djibouti, South Africa, Sudan, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania, Uganda, Rwanda, Malawi, Botswana, Ethiopia and Somalia.