The East African Marine System (Teams) is a 5,000-km fibre-optic undersea cable which links Kenya’s coastal town of Mombasa with Fujairah in the UAE. Teams was built at a cost of USD 130 million as a joint venture between the government of Kenya and Kenyan operators, who hold 85 percent shares and UAE-based operator Etisalat, with 15 percent.
Construction of the cable began in January 2008 on the Emirates’ side and arrived in the Kenyan port city of Mombasa on 12th June 2009. Cable construction was completed in August 2009 and the Teams cable went live for commercial service on 1st October 2009. Teams cable is connected to the Kenya national fiber backbone network and other major backhaul providers, thus extending the gigabit submarine capacity to the rest of the East African countries: Uganda, Rwanda, Burundi and Tanzania through cross-border connectivity arrangements.