Hengtong, Huawei complete 260km Avassa subsea cable

04 January 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


Hengtong Marine Cable System and Huawei Marine Networks have successfully delivered the Avassa submarine cable project to provide connectivity between the Comoros Islands.

Avassa is the first international commercial submarine cable communication project between the four islands of Grande Comore, Mohéli, Anjouan and Mayotte, which are located on the eastern coast of Africa, comprises.

Historically, microwave technology has carried the majority of inter-island capacity, but due to its low speed and limited capacity this is no longer sufficient to support our growing economy,” said Bayhaki Kambi, CTO of Comoros Telecom.

"This new high-speed, large-capacity submarine system will complement our existing infrastructure investment, to drive local economic development and provide our businesses and residents with an improved end-user experience."

Mike Constable, chief executive of Huawei Marine, added: “With the rapid development of the Comoros telecommunications market, data and voice communication will significantly increase, and thus requires a better transmission network to support the network operation. The Avassa submarine cable system will meet the next 10 to 15 years of business demands for Comoros Telecom and is upgradable to 100G and 400G, which will maximise our customers return on investment.”

Comoros Telecom owns three subsea cables connecting Comoros, Anjouan to Mayotte. Kambi added the new cable will further secure the international gateway safety of Comoros and Mayotte.