Mauritius: IOX Cable and Alcatel Submarine Networks sign deal

Mauritius-based company IOX Cable and Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, have signed a turnkey agreement for the deployment of the IOX Cable System, which will increase the availability of ultra-high speed broadband services, and reinforce Mauritius as a communication hub in sub-Saharan Africa. The IOX Cable System will stretch from Mauritius to the autonomous outer island of Rodrigues, to the east coast of South Africa and then on to the east coast of India.

Providing an ultimate design capacity of over 13 Tbps per fibre pair, the system will allow easy connectivity to current and future undersea cables on the east and west coast of Africa. It will support ultra-fast data transmission to serve the growth of digital communications and cloud computing requirements, enabling IOX to offer differentiated services, while strengthening service, reliability and redundancy to existing cables.

The IOX Cable System will integrate ASN’s latest innovations in subsea communications, including the 1620 Softnote and RoadM branching unit, as well as ASN’s submarine repeaters. ASN will also be in charge of project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning supported by IOX’s own team of industry experienced personnel.