TEAMS ready for launch

2 Oct 2009

The East African Marine Systems (TEAMS) management committee has announced that testing across the submarine cable system has been completed. TEAMS chairman Michael Joseph said: ‘The management committee accepted the recommendation from their sub-committees that after extensive testing, the United Arab Emirates – Kenya cable is now ready for commercial service. All the TEAMS shareholders may now access the cable and commence commercial deployment.’ Joseph added that a formal inauguration ceremony is being planned, the date of which will be communicated to the public shortly. The 4,900km TEAMS cable landed in Mombasa on 12 June 2009, linking the city with Fujairah in the UAE, and is expected to improve Kenya’s bandwidth availability and connectivity with the rest of the world, raising domestic broadband speeds, while lowering bandwidth charges. The government, Telkom Kenya and Safaricom each hold 20% in the TEAMS project, while Kenya Data Networks and Essar Telecoms Kenya have 10% each. Other investors include Wananchi Online (5%) and JTL (3.75%). Alcatel-Lucent won the KES6.2 billion (USD86 million) deal to deploy the TEAMS cable in October 2007.