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Safaricom expands network with Etisalat partnership

04 March 2014, 09:55

Nairobi - Safaricom has joined Etisalat’s Smarthub network in a bid to expand its multi-service network within Africa and beyond.

Safaricom will use the East Africa Marine System (TEAMS), a 5,000-km fibre-optic undersea cable linking Kenya's Mombasa with Etisalat's SmartHub in Fujairah, which is the capacity and content hub in the United Arab Emirates.

Making the announcement, Ali Amiri, Etisalat Executive Vice President for Carrier and Wholesale, said that the move reiterated the importance of Etisalat as the hub for East Africa internet connectivity.

“The East African Marine System’s (TEAM's) cable is an important part of the SmartHub network, providing high speed connectivity for East Africa,” he said.

Safaricom Chief Executive Officer, Bob Collymore, said that the growth of broadband in East Africa was directly related to the recent undersea cable developments.

“We are delighted to be working with Etisalat to enhance our high quality communication services. Kenya is increasingly the hub for regional telecom services for East Africa and linking of our two hubs is a strategic move that will benefit consumers and corporate customer alike,” said Collymore.

Amiri said that Etisalat was delighted that Safaricom, is using the integrated capabilities of the Etisalat SmartHub and TEAM.

He added that they believed that the development goals of Africa must be supported by greater internet connectivity and joining of SmartHub community is a major step forward.

The East African Marine System (TEAMS) is a 5 000-km fibre-optic undersea cable which links Kenya's coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE.

Safaricom will connect to Etisalat's capacity hub and access the content hub within the SmartHub facility.

– CAJ News

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