Safaricom grows East African connectivity via Etisalat’s SmartHub

Etisalat mikecoghSafaricom will install a 5,000 km fibre-optic undersea cable to connect Kenya's Mombasa with Etisalat's SmartHub in Fujairah. (Image source: mike cogh)Telecom operator Etisalat is seeking to join the SmartHub network to expand its international multi-services

Mobile network company, Safaricom, said it 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. 

“Today's announcement reiterates the importance of the UAE and Etisalat as the hub for East Africa internet connectivity,” said Ali Amiri, executive vice president of carrier & wholesale in Etisalat.

“The East African Marine System (TEAMS) cable is an important part of the SmartHub network, providing high speed connectivity for East Africa,” Amiri added.

"Smarthub includes the Middle East's first IPX for mobile operators and includes the region's largest portfolio of internet content," Amiri stated.

"We both believe that the development goals of Africa must be supported by greater internet connectivity and joining our SmartHub community is a major step forward." 

Bob Collymore, Safaricom CEO also commented "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."

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