PCCW Global has agreed with Mauritius Telecom to construct and maintain a high speed submarine cable connecting the Indian Ocean Islands of Rodrigues and Mauritius, which will vastly improve connectivity for Rodrigues.
PCCW Global will cooperate with Huawei Marine Networks to construct the Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS), a 700-km undersea cable with a bandwidth design capacity of 16 Tbps. MARS will be ready for service in 2019 and PCCW Global will manage operation for the cable.
With a population of approximately 40,000 people, Rodrigues is the second largest island in the Republic of Mauritius. The residents of Rodrigues will not only benefit from improved bandwidth and connectivity once the new cable is live, but will also have access to a rich portfolio of digital applications, online services and content
“This project is very exciting for us because we are using our experience gained in designing, building, and maintaining submarine cables around the world to assist another service provider, in this case Mauritius Telecom, to commission their own fully-maintained cable investment,” said Frederick Chui, senior vice president of global data sales at PCCW Global. “This completely eliminates any risk in the development, maintenance and operation of what might otherwise have been a technically daunting project.”
Huawei Marine chief executive Mike Constable said the MARS system is the 12th submarine cable system it has deployed in the African region.