IOX Cable Ltd and Alcatel Submarine Networks to build first open cable connecting Mauritius and Rodrigues islands to South Africa and India

Spanning more than 8850 km, IOX Cable System will provide Mauritius with route diversity and connect Rodrigues for the first time to a submarine cable, enhancing ultra-high speed broadband services

Paris, France, June 01, 2017

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Paris, June 1, 2017 – A new submarine cable system, IOX Cable System, spanning more than 8850 kilometers, will enhance communications capabilities along the India to South Africa route, providing the first open cable in Mauritius and connecting for the first time the island of Rodrigues. 

IOX Cable Ltd -  a Mauritius-based company - 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-Saharian Africa. 

The IOX Cable System will stretch from Mauritius to 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 terabits-per second per fiber pair, the system will allow easy connectivity to current and future undersea cables on the east and west coast of Africa, delivering a gateway to the continent and a new alternate route between Asia and Africa.

The system’s deployment will support ultra-fast data transmission to address the growth of digital communications and cloud computing requirements, enabling IOX to offer differentiated services, while strengthening service, reliability and redundancy to existing cables. 

Arunachalam Kandasamy, Founder and CEO of IOX Cable Ltd said: “IOX is committed to delivering its end-users with advanced infrastructures that incorporate technology innovations. Leveraging ASN’s state-of-the-art technologies we will be able to continue to support and drive broadband infrastructure development based on new socio-economic models centered around the new digital economy.” 

Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel Submarine Networks said: “We are proud to support IOX in this project, one which will be a step-change in capacity for Maurititus and Rodrigues. ASN is confident that the bandwidth, resilience and traffic routing of the IOX Cable System, combined with our technology capabilities, will enable us to address the fast-evolving expectations and demands of end-users.”

The IOX Cable System will integrate ASN’s latest innovations in subsea communications, including the 1620 SOFTNODE and ROADM branching unit offering dynamic features for enhanced system resilience as well as utilizing ASN’s highly reliable submarine repeaters, all managed by its end-to-end submarine network management system. As part of the contract, 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.

ABOUT IOX CABLE LTD:IOX Cable Ltd (www.iox.mu) is a Mauritius registered company having executives with experience in submarine fiber optic cable building and telecommunications services in Africa, Asia, Europe, North America and the Middle East. IOX is collaborating and connecting with the global telecommunications industry in its quest for better technology, connectivity, cost effective operations and maintenance by providing turnkey solutions for the design, building, operation and maintenance of submarine fiber optic communications systems.

IOX CABLE LTD PRESS CONTACTSLOGADASSEN CUROOPEN  logadassen@iox.mu  T : ++230 405 4308

ABOUT ALCATEL SUBMARINE NETWORKSAlcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, leads the industry in terms of capacity and installed base with more than 590,000 km of optical submarine cables/systems deployed worldwide. From traditional telecom to new oil and gas applications, ASN provides every part of a global undersea transmission network, all tailored to the customer’s needs. An extensive service portfolio completes its comprehensive offering for the submarine business, including project management, installation and commissioning and marine operations and maintenance performed by its fleet of seven cable ships.

ALCATEL SUBMARINE NETWORKS PRESS CONTACTSFRANCESCA CAZZANIGA  francesca.cazzaniga@asn.com   T : +33 (01) 60 40 11 96