Yesterday, another undersea fibre cable went live in East Africa. The cable, the second Lower Indian Ocean Network submarine cable (LION2) is reportedly now commercially operational LION2 is an extension of the first LION undersea cable and now provides a direct link from Kenya to Madagascar, St. Paul Reunion, and Mauritius, the three countries that were connected by LION back in 2009. LION2 also connects to the island of Mayotte, a France overseas department.
The first LION cable further connects to SAT3/SAFE cable which gives Kenya alternative routes to Asia and South Africa.
LION2’s capacity is 1.28 Tbps. Laying of the cable began in 2010 after the completion of the first LION. While the major shareholders of the first LION cable were France Telecom, Orange Madagascar and Mauritius Telecom, LION2 has added Telkom Kenya to the list of shareholders. Telkom Kenya itself is a subsidiary of France Telecom Group.
The development brings to four the cables now landed on the shores of Kenya making the East African country one of the most connected countries in Africa.
Here’s more about the launch of the LION2 cable on Business Daily Africa.