Submarine cable link planned between Maldives and Sri Lanka

Submarine cable link planned between Maldives and Sri Lanka

Cable system solutions company Huawei Marine Networks (HMN) has announced that it has been awarded a contract for a new submarine cable project: the Maldives Sri Lanka Cable System (MSC).

The system will, the company says, facilitate a direct connection between the Maldives, a small island nation in South Asia, and Sri Lanka, increasing regional capacity and network diversity.

MSC is planned to be a four fibre pairs system, equipped with HMN high-output titanium housing repeaters to achieve span length over 130km. It will be ready for service by the end of 2020 with a delivery period of less than 11 months.

The consortium of investors in the project includes Maldives telecommunication service providers Ooredoo Maldives PLC and Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun PLC (Dhiraagu), as well as Sri Lankan telecommunications service provider Dialog Axiata PLC. The project, says HMN, represents another milestone in the development of the region’s commitment to facilitate and promote the benefits of the digital economy for local communities in both the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

Delivery of fast, reliable telecommunications infrastructure will also further promote economic development and satisfy the growing demand for connectivity in the region, according to Huawei Marine’s chief executive Mike Constable.

Huawei Marine delivers turnkey submarine cable system solutions incorporating system design, integration and installation services. Huawei Marine is a joint venture established by Huawei Technologies Co Ltd and Global Marine Systems Limited, part of the Global Marine Group, a provider of subsea fibre optic cable installation and maintenance solutions to the telecoms and oil and gas sectors.

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