So TEAMS should be repaired before the end of today according to press release from Orange Kenya. Orange stepped in to accelerate repair work of TEAMS cable. The East African Marine System (TEAMS) has experienced two significant cuts in a span of less than 2 months along the Indian Ocean coastline. But now there is some good news as Orange expect the repair work to be done before the end of today Friday.
According to the CEO of Telkom Kenya – Orange, Mickael Ghossein
France Telecom Marine sent one of its ships that had docked in Madagascar to Mombasa last week. This has significantly reduced the repair time of the cable by half as opposed to the four weeks that an alternate repair ship would have taken to come and repair the cable. The France Telecom Marine ship docked in Mombasa on the afternoon of May 12 and proceeded to the repair site after inward clearance. France Telecom Marine should complete the repairs on the cable by Friday, May 18 thereby bringing TEAMS operations back to normal
The TEAMS’ cable, which is a 5,000-kilometre fibre optic system, links the Kenyan coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the United Arab Emirates (UAE) and also connects other east African countries to international communications networks.
[pullquote]The TEAMS cable, in which Telkom Kenya – Orange is a significant shareholder, is a joint venture by a consortium consisting of the Kenya government and other telecoms operators – who hold 85 percent – and UAE-based mobile operator, Etisalat with 15 percent.[/pullquote]