According to online news journal Agence Ecofin, Djibouti will soon be connected to the submarine fibre-optic cable, South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5), dramatically increasing its international connectivity. As reported previously by TeleGeography’s Cable Compendium, Alcatel-Lucent recently announced that work on the 20,000km-long submarine cable has begun, with the French-US vendor taking care of the Sri Lanka-France deployment, while fellow system provider NEC will oversee the Singapore-Sri Lanka segment. When complete, the system will connect Singapore to Europe (Italy and France) and traverse Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia. SEA-ME-WE 5 is expected to be ready for service by 2016.
Djibouti is already connected to the Gulf Bridge International (GBI) submarine cable, the Transcontinental Europe India Gateway (EIG), EASSy, SEACOM, SEA-ME-WE 3 and regional cable Aden-Djibouti. The SEA-ME-WE 5 link will be an additional asset to achieve the country’s ambition to expand ICT access to its entire territory, Ethiopia and Somaliland neighbours.