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Military protection for Kenyan undersea cable

April 16, 2009 • Hardware

kenyaflag.jpgAccording to an article on www.washingtonpost.com, various countries have agreed to commit their naval forces to the protection of a ship laying down a high-speed undersea internet cable off the coast of Somalia.

According to Kenyan Information and Communications Minister, Samuel Poghisio, the high speed fibre optic cable would be completely installed by June 2009. The 5,000 kilometre log cable will connect Kenya’s coastal city of Mombasa with the United Arab Emirates.

Various Western countries have committed naval vessels to the protection of the ship carrying the equipment. Somali pirates have in recent months captured and held many vessels and crew members in the area for ransom, prompting the need for additional security.

The original article can be found HERE.

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