Cable linking Indian Ocean islands to SA launched

Fibre optic

Fibre optic

from NJABULO BUTHELEZI in Durban, South Africa
DURBAN, (CAJ News) THE new sub-sea fibre optic cable system that will connect Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island and South Africa is set to be completed and operational by July 2020.

The cable known as the Melting Pot Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS) is anticipated to have capacity 24 terabits per second and provide high-speed connectivity to the global telecommunications network, as well as low latency access to enhance business operations across multiple industries.

Undersea cables

Undersea cables

Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms group – Liquid Telecom- together with a consortium of telecommunication companies, on Friday officially inaugurated the METISS landing station at Umbogotwini in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.

Liquid Telecom will host and manage the submarine cable.

Angus Hay, General Manager for Africa Data Centres (Southern Africa), said the METISS subsea fibre optic cable underscored the company’s commitment to provide high-speed connectivity to every African on the continent.

“Everything we do is driven by a simple yet powerful belief that everyone in Africa has the right to be connected,” Hay said.

Xavier Hermesse, METISS Chairman, said the partnership with Liquid Telecom was an important step for connecting people and economies of the Indian Ocean islands to South Africa, which is among the major internet hubs in Africa.

“METISS Members would like to thank Liquid Telecom and South African authorities for this successful collaboration,” Hermesse said.

– CAJ News

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