Faster Internet for Zantel customers Damas Makangale The East African Submarine Cable System (EASSy) owned by Zantel, has started offering commercial services by pledging to revolutionize broadband communication in the country. EASSy marine Cable that landed in Dar es Salaam in April with much pomp and flare has entered commercial service since 30th July 2010. As the country slowly shifts most of its administrative and transactional activities to the internet so is the demand for more bandwidth to facilitate smooth transitions. EASSy cable is an undersea fiber optic cable that will link the countries of East Africa to the rest of the world. Zantel and TTCL are the investors of the EASSy project in Tanzania and are responsible for selling and distributing capacity to other network operators and Internet Service Providers (ISPs). EASSy is a critical element in Zantels strategy to improve communications and broaden access to information throughout Tanzania and neighbouring countries, thereby enriching lives and supporting business growth. Zantel Ag. Chief Executive Officer Norman Moyo says the plentiful and high quality capacity will deliver significant commercial and developmental benefits to end users such as network operators and the government. EASSy will bring a competitive element in the broadband capacity market that will in the long run ensure affordable rates to end users. This is made possible through the various mechanisms of we have in place that encourage competition ensuring that the capacity is availed on an 'open access' basis to each member country and as a result we are positioned to deliver the most affordable bandwidth in the market.Says Moyo A statement released by the EASSy Cable Management Committee says after the completion of the construction of EASSy in April 2010, the system owners have carried out extensive and rigorous tests to ensure that the system meets the highest international standards. The system uses state of the art technology capable of delivering 3.84 Terabits per second, making EASSy the largest capacity submarine cable system serving Africa. With ten landing points in Mtunzini, Maputo, Toliary, Moroni, Dar es Salaam, Mombasa, Mogadishu, Djibouti city, Berbera, and Port Sudan, EASSy provides the most extensive reach on the East African coast and provides onwards global connectivity through multiple interconnect points. Zantel Ag. Chief Commercial Officer Nitish Malik says the cable is expected to revolutionize internet technology as the EASSy cablewill provide high speed with high bandwidth connectivity. Through the technology and innovation brought by this cable Tanzania is now open to the world for business as better communication will facilitate more trade with other countries. The telecom companies too will benefit as their operational costs will be substantially reduced as they will move from using satellites and in turn communication costs will go down for the end users. With data presenting the next frontier for telecommunication operations in the region Zantel is determined to continue taking the lead in providing affordable internet access and data transmission. The EASSy cable serves to raise the overall broadband capacity for Tanzania, and this assures the market a reliable high-speed broadband service at better costs around the region.