New undersea cable catapults Mauritius to communication hub
The deployment of a cable system stretching from Mauritius to India will transform the Southern African country to a communication hub in sub-Saharan Africa.
This follows the signing of a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the route, called IOX Cable System.
IOX Cable Ltd, which is a Mauritius-based company, and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, have signed the agreement.
Spanning over 8 000 kilometres, the IOX Cable System will stretch from Mauritius to Rodrigues, to the east coast of South Africa and then on to the east coast of India.
Arunachalam Kandasamy, Founder and Chief Executive Officer of IOX Cable, said IOX was committed to delivering its end-users with advanced infrastructures that incorporate technology innovations:
Leveraging ASN’s state-of-the-art technologies we will be able to continue to support and drive broadband infrastructure development based on new socio-economic models centered around the new digital economy.
The system’s deployment will support ultra-fast data transmission is set to address the growth of digital communications and cloud computing requirements, enabling IOX to offer differentiated services, while strengthening service, reliability and redundancy to existing cables.
Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel Submarine Networks, said the project will be “a step-change” in capacity for Mauritius and Rodrigues.
Providing an ultimate design capacity of over 13 terabits-per second per fibre pair, the system will allow easy connectivity to current and future undersea cables on the east and west coast of Africa.
It delivers a gateway to the continent and a new alternate route between Asia and Africa.