Kenya will soon be hooked to its fourth undersea fibre optic cable following the laying of the France Telecom-funded Lower Indian Ocean Network 2 (LION2), The Standard reported online.
The ship laying the LION2 arrived in Mombasa, Kenya on 30 August 2011, marking the completion of the actual cable laying. The cable will now be connected to a main submarine cable in international waters for testing, and is expected to go live in the course of the first half of 2012.
The EUR 56.5 million LION2 will connect Kenya to Mayotte, Madagascar, Mauritius and La Reunion Islands. LION2 is an extension of LION, which connects the Indian Ocean Islands to the world. The initial LION was laid in March 2010.