The Ministers of Posts and Telecommunications of Somalia and Djibouti Abdi Ashur Hassan and Abdi Youssouf Sougueh have entered an agreement to strengthen their countries’ bilateral cooperation in the areas of posts and telecommunications.
They called for an additional submarine optical cable connected to Somalia following the recent cut of the submarine cable near Mogadishu landing station that interrupted international connectivity to a large geographical area in Somalia’s capital.
“To act proactively we need to move forward with the discussions of another cable. And Djibouti is a good partner in this regard because eight submarine fiber-optic cables land in Djibouti,” Somalia’s Hassan noted.
The two ministers agreed in principle to revive discussions on the Djibouti African Regional Express (DARE) cable between their governments and Somali telecom carriers and Djibouti Telecom.
The DARE cable will connect Djibouti and Mombasa with many landing stations in Somalia.
The two ministers further agreed to promote and strengthen cooperation between their ministries in regional interconnectivity, terrestrial optical fiber, cyber security, ICT regulations, cross border signal issues, spectrum management, and numbering plan.