TEAMS ready for launch

10 Jun 2009

The Kenya Broadcasting Corporation reports that The East Africa Marine System (TEAMS) will be launched on 12 June 2009 as scheduled. Kenya’s permanent secretary of information and communications, Dr Bitange Ndemo, said, ‘From the outset we wish to set the record straight that the landing of the TEAMS cable is right on course and that the launch ceremony will be presided over by his excellency the President Mwai Kibaki.’ Alcatel-Lucent were contracted in October 2007 to deploy the USD130 million fibre-optic cable, which runs from Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates to Mombasa in Kenya, and had to lay over 450 miles of additional cable to avoid the threat from pirates in the Indian Ocean.

According to TeleGeography’s GlobalComms database, the Kenyan government, Telkom Kenya and Safaricom each owns 20% of the TEAMS project, while Kenya Data Networks and Econet Wireless have 10% each. Other investors include Wananchi Online (5%) and Jamii Telkom (3.75%).