Djibouti Telecom, the government-run telecommunications monopoly in Djibouti City, has begun construction of a new cable landing station (CLS).
With a network comprised of 8 operational subsea cables and 5 on-project cable systems, Djibouti Telecom is positioned as a centre for telecoms services in East Africa, it said in a press release.
"The company has 2 existing cable Landing Station. To meet the ever-growing demand and Network resiliency requirement, the company has started the construction of a New Cable Landing Station in Djibouti City," it said.
The new Cable Landing Station will be a neutral digital port that will provide an open-access cable landing service to submarine cable operators for a neutral, safe and secure landing in Djibouti City. The new building will consist of 3 floors with each floor having a 250 square meter equipment room designed with the latest technology offering unparalleled operating efficiency and security to host multiple cables.
According to the release, the new CLS will be equipped with advanced security equipment, techniques, and procedures to control access to the premises. Furthermore, the 3rd floor will be reserved for Colocation. This neutral colocation center will allow GAFAM or Cloud providers to host their servers closer to their African users. The New CLS is expected to be completed by April 2022.
During the past 10 years, Djibouti Telecom has invested over $200 million in new Submarine Cables and Terrestrial Networks to deal with the explosion of Internet traffic in Africa, which is increasing tenfold every five years.