$22m Maldives Sri Lanka Cable lands in Hulhumalé

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The $22 miilion Maldives Sri Lanka Cable (MSC) has successfully landed in the Maldives, connecting the coastal areas of Colombo to Hulhumalé.

Once ready for service in Q1 of 2021, the 863km cable will feature a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) subsystem.

The system is being deployed as part of a consortium comprised of Dhiraagu, Ooredoo Maldives and Dialog AXIATA, to enable the transport of international traffic and to enhance the telecoms infrastructure in the region.

To be built by Huawei Marine Networks, it will also feature Huawei Marine Networks' high-output titanium housing repeaters which will deliver a reliable regional telecoms network.

"I would like to thank both Internet Service Providers for their continuous commitment in strengthening the digital eco-system of the country,” said Mohamed Maleeh Jameel, Minister of Communication, Science and Technology, Maldives.

“As we mark an important milestone, I am confident that with the successful completion of this project we are paving way to further strengthen the digital infrastructure of our island nation and increase diversity."

Once interconnected to domestic networks, the increased capacity on MSC will strengthen the digital ecosystem within the country and support the growing digital transformation needs of its people and businesses.

In addition, since effects of the global pandemic, communities and businesses are digitising their services to create a safer environment and continue everyday lives, which has increased the need and demand for even higher quality internet services – making MSC a critical piece of infrastructure.

Additionally, the project will also support and prepare the network to deliver next-gen 5G services across the country, ‘which will connect the people of the Maldives to ground-breaking new technologies and pave the way for innovation, ultimately building the foundation for socioeconomic development across the nation’.