French telecoms equipment vendor Alcatel has won a USD205 million tender to lay Africa’s newest submarine cable link, the East Africa Submarine System (EASSy). The announcement was made after a two-day project management committee meeting in Nairobi. According to EASSy project co-ordinator John Sihra, detailed negotiations between Alcatel and the project’s procurement committee will begin within a few weeks. The new cable will cover a distance of 9,900 km and will connect Mtunzini in South Africa to Port Sudan on the Red Sea with other landing points including Mombassa (Kenya), Madagascar, Mogadishu (Ethiopia) and Djibouti. The countries involved in the project are Botswana, Djibouti, Ethiopia, Kenya, Madagascar, Malawi, Mozambique, Rwanda, Somalia, South Africa, Sudan, Tanzania and Uganda.