LION2 live soon

Bringing with it hopes of even better bandwidth, the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION2), undersea cable is expected to go live in Kenya by April this year.

This is in line with initial plans to launch the cable in the first half of this year.

LION2 will be Kenya's fourth submarine cable. Being built by a consortium including France Telecom Orange and its subsidiaries Mauritius Telecom Ltd, Orange Madagascar and Telkom Kenya Ltd, along with carrier companies Emtel Ltd., Société Réunionnaise du Radiotéléphone and STOI Internet, the LION2 cable is a 3,000 kilometre-long undersea line.

LION2 follows the LION submarine cable (Lower Indian Ocean Network) linking Madagascar to the rest of the world via Réunion Island and Mauritius. The new phase extends from Mauritius via Mayotte to Kenya.

The cable, with1.28 Tbps of total capacity, made landfall in Mombasa at the end of last year.

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