Maldives-Sri Lanka Cable (MSC) lands in Hulhumalé

Maldives-Sri Lanka Cable (MSC) lands in Hulhumalé

The Maldives-Sri Lanka Cable (MSC) has successfully landed in the Maldives, connecting the coastal Sri Lankan capital Colombo to Hulhumalé.

The cable is a system composed of a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) subsystem and 863-kilometer fibre optic cable. The MSC is being deployed through a tripartite agreement between Dhiraagu, Ooredoo Maldives and Dialog AXIATA for the transport of international traffic and to further enhance the telecommunication infrastructure of the region. It is equipped with Huawei Marine Networks' high-output titanium housing repeaters deployed to a water depth of 3,700m to provide a reliable regional telecommunications network.

Interconnected to domestic networks, the increased capacity will greatly strengthen the digital ecosystem within the country to support the growing digital transformation needs of people and businesses. Since the onset of the 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 higher quality internet services.

This US$22 million project aims to support the growing need of local communities and businesses to realize the benefits of this digital age. The project will also support and increase the network readiness to provide revolutionary 5G services throughout the nation, which will connect the people of the Maldives to groundbreaking new technologies and pave the way for innovation, ultimately building the foundation for socioeconomic development across the nation.

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