E-Marine wins deal to maintain TEAMS cable

E-Marine awarded contract for maintenance of TEAMS UAE-Kenya submarine cable

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E-Marine wins deal to maintain TEAMS cable The TEAMS cable went live in October, connecting the UAE with Mombassa. (Getty Images)
By  Roger Field Published  November 2, 2009

Dubai-based submarine cabling specialist E-Marine has secured a deal to maintain the East Africa Marine Systems (TEAMS) submarine fibre-optic cable between the UAE and Kenya.

The 5,000km cable route, which provides Kenya and bordering countries access to affordable high speed internet, is a joint venture between UAE operator Etisalat, the government of Kenya and a consortium of local investors. The cable went into service on 1st October 2009.

E-Marine's cable ships will service the cable from its base in the port of Salalah, Oman, where the company will store cables and accessories for maintenance and repair operations.

"We have now been contracted by the major cable network companies operating near the East coast of Africa," said Omar Jassim Bin Kalban, managing director and CEO of E-Marine.

E-Marine has maintenance contracts for more than 45,000 km of submarine cables from Arabian Gulf, Indian Ocean, East Africa and Red Sea.

The TEAMS project was spearheaded by the government of Kenya to link the country to the rest of the world through a submarine fibre optic cable.

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