The East African Submarine System of EASSY, the last of three major fibre optic cables coming to East Africa, landed in Mombasa this week
, two weeks ahead of schedule. This is the third cable to land in Kenya in the last six months and marks the start of a new level of connectivity for East-Africa.
It’s great news that EASSY has been installed ahead of schedule bringing even greater connectivity and possibility to Kenyan and East African much earlier than expected. The new cable will provide much needed bandwidth to the region and create new competition for the SEACOM and TEAMS cables that launched last year. This should ultimately drive down prices and increase the breadth of communication involvement across the consumer and business sphere.
The arrival of EASSY and the two other fibre connections, SEACOM and TEAMS, is a clear signal of the Kenyan government and business community’s commitment to making the country a dynamic hub for business in East Africa. It is by enabling and delivering such ambitious projects that will ultimately enable Kenya to reach the ambitious goals laid out in Vision 2030.
My business, contact centres and BPO, is already feeling the beneficial effects of new fibre connections. Though we have been competing well via satellite for some years now, getting connected breaks down perceptions of Kenya as an isolated business destination. We’ve seen increased interest from customers since the SEACOM and TEAMS launched and expect continued growth post-EASSY. Entry costs for new contact centre providers should also be significantly reduced so the outlook going forward is very positive for Kenyan outsourcing.