IOX Cable Ltd. and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, say they have jointly begun work on the cable route survey for the IOX cable system. The survey will span over 8,850 km. Designed with a capacity of more than 54 Tbps, the IOX submarine cable system will improve communication efficiency along the India to South Africa route.
Through its partnerships, the IOX cable system will provide connectivity to existing and future submarine networks, with onward connectivity to Africa's West Coast, the Middle East, Europe, the U.S. and further into Asia. According to ASN, the IOX cable system will connect Mauritius and Rodrigues to South Africa's East Coast on one side, and India's East Coast on the other side, positioning Mauritius as a hub in sub-Saharan Africa.
"We are pleased to support IOX Cable in deploying ultra-fast data transmission to address the growth of digital communications and cloud computing requirements,c said Philippe Piron, Alcatel Submarine Network's president. "This submarine network will enable IOX to offer differentiated services, while strengthening service, reliability, and redundancy to existing submarine networks. Additionally, it will provide a new alternative path for connecting Asia and Africa and onwards to Europe and the USA."
"We at IOX are pleased to announce the commencement of work on the IOX Cable System," said Arunachalam Kandasamy, IOX Cable Ltd. founder and CEO. "The contract is in force and the system is targeted to be completed in 2019. This is a significant achievement in making the Indian Ocean islands a key gateway between Asia and Africa with onward connectivity to Europe, Middle East and the Americas. We would like to thank ASN for their strategic support from the early stages of the project and we look forward to delivering an ultra-high speed open access cable system which will significantly enhance the broadband infrastructure of today's digital economy."
IOX Cable Ltd. is a provider of design, building, operation, and maintenance of submarine fiber optic communications systems.
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