NAIROBI, Kenya, Jul 20 – Internet users in Kenya and the East African region are set to experience low speeds and disruptions as The East African Marine System (TEAMS) Limited cable undergoes preventive maintenance.
The disruption will be experienced from July 20 to 28, 2016 as the firm enhances security of its cable at the United Arab Emirates (UAE) off shore against anchoring ships and external aggression following the proposed expansion of the UAE Port of Fujairah scheduled for July to August 2016.
In a statement, the firms’ General Manager Joel Tanui says during the time, users are likely to experience slow Internet speeds because of bandwidth constraints as result of limited traffic restoration via other cable systems.
“This planned cable reinforcement works is designed to increase security of the TEAMS cable against anchoring ships and external aggression, the timing of the preventive maintenance works has been chosen in compliance with the UAE Port of Fujairah timelines to avail more anchoring space required for the expansion of the port,” Tanui said.
TEAMS is a public private partnership undersea cable system servicing the entire East African region, a 5,000 Kilometre fibre-optic undersea cable which links Kenya’s Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE.
Among the shareholders include the government of Kenya, Safaricom, Telkom Kenya, Liquid Telecom Kenya, Jamii Telecom, Wananchi Telecom, Access Kenya Group, and Bandwidth & Cloud Services Group.
“It is estimated that the preventive maintenance works on the TEAMS cable including costs of temporary traffic restoration via other cables will be about Sh300 million excluding loss of business as a result of heavily constrained bandwidth supply to contracted customers,” Tanui explained.