Mauritius Telecom signed a service agreement, on September 25, 2017, with fibre optic connectivity provider IOX Cable Ltd. Through this contract, the incumbent telecommunications operator of Mauritius has reserved access to the submarine fibre cable being deployed by IOX Cable Ltd and is expected to be commissioned in 2019. This telecom infrastructure, dubbed IOX Cable System, 8,850 kilometers long, will link Mauritius to South Africa and Reunion on the one hand and Rodrigues Island to India on the other.
Through access to this new submarine fiber optic system, Mauritius Telecom is considering improving its data capabilities and offering its customers telecom services of unsurpassed quality.
According to IOX Cable, its fiber optic submarine cable system will be the first of its kind open access in the region. It will provide the opportunity for all authorized operators to benefit from the latest technologies and transparent access. The system combined with IOX Cable’s integrated service offerings will provide seamless interconnection to existing and future fiber optic submarine cable systems off the east coast of Africa and India, as well as connectivity to America, Europe, the Middle East and Asia-Pacific.
Once completed, the IOX Cable System will be the fourth fiber optic submarine cable to which Mauritius will be connected. The country which already benefits from the connectivity provided by the Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) and South Africa Far East (SAFE) cables will soon host the METITING POT Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS), an initiative of a consortium of Mauritian operators, Reunion Island and Madagascar.