The East African Marine System (TEAMS) cable will be launched this week. TEAMS is a submarine fibre-optic cable systems linking Kenya to the world through the United Arab Emirates. The project was initiated by the the Kenya government in 2007 to augment the SEACOM cable which runs along the shores of east and southern Africa connecting South Africa, Mozambique, Madagascar, Tanzania and Kenya.
The 5000km TEAMS cable landed in Mombasa on 12 June 2009, and is set to lower down the cost of bandwidth for Kenyans and improve the connection speed.
TEAMS only connects Kenya itself to the UAE and so as good the news might sound for Africa, for us further down the continent there SEACOM, EASSy, ACE and WACS affect us more directly.
In a move that is bound to lower the cost of broadband internet connections, TelOne, the wholly Zimbabwean government owned fixed network telecoms operator, has confirmed that it has already signed up to both SEACOM and EASSy submarine cables and installation into Zimbabwe should be through by mid 2010.