01 June 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
IOX Cable Ltd and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) have signed a turnkey agreement to build the first open subsea cable connecting Mauritius and the island of Rodrigues to South Africa and India.
The new IOX Cable System cable system will span more than 8,850km and will provide an ultimate design capacity of over 13Tbps per fibre pair.
It is set to enhance communications capabilities along the Puducherry, India, to East London, South Africa route. It will provide Mauritius with route diversity and connect Rodrigues for the first time to a submarine cable, enhancing ultra-high speed broadband services.
“IOX is committed to delivering its end-users with advanced infrastructures that incorporate technology innovations,” said Arunachalam Kandasamy, founder and CEO of IOX Cable Ltd.
“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 deployment of the IOX Cable System will increase the availability of ultra-high speed broadband services, and “reinforce Mauritius as a communication hub in sub-Saharan Africa,” according to IOX, and will create a gateway to the continent and a new alternate route between Asia and Africa.
Philippe Piron, president of Alcatel Submarine Networks, said: “We are proud to support IOX in this project, one which will be a step-change in capacity for Maurititus and Rodrigues. ASN is confident that the bandwidth, resilience and traffic routing of the IOX Cable System, combined with our technology capabilities, will enable us to address the fast-evolving expectations and demands of end-users.”
The system’s deployment will support ultra-fast data transmission 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.
IOX has said that it is committed to converting Mauritius by 2019 to an international data hosting centre and key exchange point for the ICT, financial and commodity sectors in the Indian Ocean.
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