11 July 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Orange’s Kanawa cable, which will link French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe, has been targeted as ready for service by January 2019.
The 1,746 km subsea cable is due to begin installation at
the end of July, with Orange’s cable installation
vessel, the M/V Pierre de Fermat, scheduled to leave Brest on
the 14th July.
The new cable is comprised of two pairs of fibre, which will
be able to offer transfer rates of approximately 5Tbps. With
natives speeds of 1GbE and 10Gbps and Interface10G of 10GbE,
OTU2/2e and OC192/STM64.
The new cable comes in response to handling the huge growth
of digital activity and the resulting massive rise in data use,
as well as to improve the quality of its network, Orange is
deploying its own, new optical fibre submarine cable, to
connect Martinique and French Guyana.
In addition, the new system will provide Interconnections
with the Americas II subsea cable in Martinique (Le Lamentin)
and in French Guyana. The total system spans 8200 km and
connects Florida, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico,
Martinique, Curaçao, Trinidad, Venezuela, French Guiana,
Suriname and Guyana, and Brazil.
Plus interconnection on East Caribbean Fibre System (ECFS)
in Guadeloupe and Martinique. This 1,440 km cable interconnects
14 eastern Caribbean islands and offers 7Tbs per fibre pair on
a 350-km unrepeatered link.