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EASSy: DELIVERING HIGH SPEED INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY FOR AFRICA UbuntuNet-Connect 2008, Lilongwe, Malawi, 11th November 2008 Chris Wood, CEO WEST INDIAN.

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1 EASSy: DELIVERING HIGH SPEED INTERNATIONAL CONNECTIVITY FOR AFRICA UbuntuNet-Connect 2008, Lilongwe, Malawi, 11th November 2008 Chris Wood, CEO WEST INDIAN OCEAN CABLE COMPANY LIMITED - WIOCC

2 Landings: Port Sudan, Sudan Djibouti, Djibouti Mogadishu, Somalia Mombasa, Kenya Dar Es Salaam, Tanzania Grande Comore Mayotte Toliary, Madagascar Maputo, Mozambique Mtunzini, South Africa Access to Land- Locked Countries: Ethiopia Uganda Rwanda Burundi Malawi Zambia Zimbabwe Botswana Swaziland Lesotho The EASSy System Mayotte Comoros 2 fibre pairs 1.4Tbps 10 Landings RFS Q2 2010

3 The EASSy System EASSy is fully funded Contract awarded to Alcatel – construction has started 9,900km SDH collapsed loop configuration providing protection against equipment & branch failure The largest system on the Eastern Seaboard 2 fibre pairs delivering up to 1.4Tbps of capacity with 10 landings System design life: 25 years Diverse onward connectivity to Europe, Asia and North America via EIG, Reliance-FLAG, IMeWe, SeaMeWe Extensive EASSy backhaul networks to reach land-locked countries EASSy: The largest system – the most landings – the most extensive backhaul – diverse onward connectivity to Europe, Asia, North America

4 The EASSy System Carrier and Developmental Financial Institution funded - provides expertise & stability…a true Public Private Partnership Developmental objectives delivers competition, non-discriminatory pricing, open access and low cost bandwidth The lowest cost base of any East Coast system Open access system Capacities available from 2Mbps to 10Gbps 25 year IRU and flexible short and long term leases EASSy: Developmental Objectives - Open Access - Flexible Products - Committed to Low Cost Bandwidth – Non-discriminatory pricing

5 WIOCC & EASSy WIOCC is the largest investor in EASSy Simplified Management Committee structure enables rapid decision making Simple majority vote required Shareholders: Botswana, ZanTel, Djibouti, OnaTel Burundi, UCOM Burundi, Gilat, Mozambique, Telkom Kenya, Lesotho, UTL 16 African and International telcos 30% 70% EASSy WIOCC Other Telcos Debt Finance: AfDB KfW IFC AFD

6 EASSy: Unlocking the Interior…  A fundamental aim of the EASSy system is to ensure that hinterlands and landlocked countries are connected to the undersea cable by terrestrial optical fibre systems  The backhaul is broken down into three parts:  Northern  Eastern (EASSy EABS)  Southern (EASSy SABs)  The EASSy objective is to have the backhauls ready and operational six months before EASSy RFCS date, i.e. by Dec EASSy: Providing high speed cost effective access to the hinterland and unlocking land-locked countries for the first time

7 7 SEAMEWE3 EASSy: Northern Backhaul Existing Optic Fiber New Fiber Northern backhaul essentially complete Port Sudan EASSy

8 8 East Africa Backhauls (EASSy EABs) 4,300km fibre ring Completion due by end 2009 Telkom Kenya; UTL; MTN Uganda; MTN Rwanda; RwandaTel; Burundi; TTCL EASSy

9 9 SAFE SAT-3 / WASC TdM FSS Southern Africa Backhauls (EASSy SABs) Existing Fiber New Fiber Network linking Namibia and Zambia is complete Construction commenced by ZamTel linking Botswana, Zimbabwe, Namibia, Malawi, Congo and Tanzania completion in the fourth quarter of 2009 EASSy

10 Mtunzini MaputoToliary Dar Es Salaam Mogadishu Djibouti SEA-ME-WE Port Sudan Mombasa SAT-3 / WASCSAFE EASSy Onward Connectivity EIG Reliance-FLAG Mayotte Moroni EASSy

11 EASSy Summary The largest capacity system on the Eastern Seaboard at 1.4Tbps 10 landings Developmental Objectives to provide low cost bandwidth Open access system, non-discriminatory pricing Extensive backhaul networks…not just to a city POP but also unlocks land-locked countries for the first time Diverse onward connectivity to Europe, Asia, North America Flexible products from short term leases to 25 year IRUs Scalable solutions from 2Mbps to 10Gbps EASSy: Fully funded – contract awarded to Alcatel – confirmed RFS Q – construction started

12 12 Thank You


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