09 January 2018
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Innovative 52tbps capacity cable will be the first open access cable system
in the India and SAARC region
How is the 8,850km IOX Cable system
The IOX project is on schedule and is progressing fast. The
last one year has been very hectic and busy for us. We
finalized our supplier in the middle of the year after a lot of
deliberations and negotiations and got on board our first
anchor tenant later in the year. Last month we went CIF and the
work for the cable has started. We are in line to give
Mauritius its third cable by 2019.
When will the system, which is being built by
Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), scheduled to go live and how
will it benefit the carrier community?
The work has already started, and the cable will be in
service by Q4 2019. This is our target and as we speak we are
in line to meet these dates.
Our cable has a very interesting route and is offering
different things to different geographies and customers.
For Mauritius, we are offering a high speed, open access
submarine network that will bring abundant and resilient
capacity to boost the economy. We will also be connecting to
Rodrigues island where there is currently no submarine cable,
and this will transform the connectivity and economic landscape
for the island. South Africa will also get its first direct
route and shortest route to Asia and connectivity to fellow
BRICS nation. For India, we have a multi layered proposition
where we are connecting the Indian sub-continent to Africa and
beyond. Also, all global carriers will get a new route in the
southern hemisphere where they can connect continents very
efficiently through the IOX system and our partnerships.
Eventually through our cable and partnerships we will connect
Asia to Africa, Europe, South America and North America,
creating routes that were not there before.
How much design capacity, per fibre pair, will this
system have and what plans are in store to develop
The Cable has design capacity of 13 Tbps per fiber pair and
the total designed capacity of 52 tbps. We are ready meet the
growing demands of our customers and derive more capacity from
The IOX Cable system will be the first open access
cable system in the region, how important is this for the India
& SAARC region?
Open access as a policy is something that we are very
passionate about and we will ensure that we are offering this
to all our customers in our home markets. India and SAARC are
very important geographies for us. We will be a full-fledged
enabler of operators in the region and all our partners can
enjoy seamless and easy connectivity onto the network and we
will be providing them with diverse connectivity to reach major
hubs globally. Overall it will be a new route to exit the
subcontinent and get the required diversity that is much
You recently signed a strategic partnership with
Seaborn Networks, what will this new relationship
We are very excited about our partnership with Seaborn
Networks and what it brings for our customers. Currently, India
access the internet content in the US via two routes. One is
from Mumbai into Europe via the Suez Canal and then onwards to
the east coast of US over the Atlantic and the second one is
from Chennai to Singapore and onwards to Japan and then to the
west coast of the US via the Pacific.
Through our partnership with Seaborn we will be providing a
completely new route for India where our customers can go from
Puducherry to South Africa on the IOX cable and then connect to
SABR and Seabras-1 which will take them to New York on a
completely diverse route from the existing ones.
What other alternative global routes are you looking
at investing in to interconnect key emerging
Our Phase 2 plan is to connect Mauritius with Seychelles and
Kenya and give a new route into the east African market. On our
plan is also to further connect into Asia and onwards into
Europe to ensure that our customers can experience seamless and
end-to-end connectivity on our network.