Seychelles Gets Submarine Fibre-Optic Cable Link


Alcatel is about to launch submarine fibre-optic cable project which will link Seychelles to the rest of the world, IPP Media reports.

The cable will be laid down from Msasani Beach, Dar es Salaam, to the Seychelles.

Seychelles Minister for Natural Resources and Tourism Peter Sinon said that the fibre-optic cable project would help their country link to the world through Tanzania.

He stressed that optical fibre technology was very important for high speed communication, “The optical fibre with its low weight and high frequency characteristics and its imperiousness to interference from electromagnetic radiation has become the most viable communication system.”

Seychelles Principal Secretary for Information Communication Technology (ICT) Benjamin Choppy said they had carried out a study on environmental and social impact assessment and found that there would be no negative effects on marine life and ecosystems.

Honorary Consul of the Republic of Seychelles in Tanzania, Maryvonne Pool mentioned that the fibre-optic cable would help their people communicate with other people around the world to increase business and marketing of their products to people in need at the right time with low cost and on time.

“Seychelles was the only country on the African continent coast not linked to a submarine cable system. I hope that this process will add value to business opportunities because this is the very first fibre-optic submarine cable link for Seychelles and is very much a historic and development milestone for this Island,” she said.

She noted that it was obvious that the submarine optical cable system would speed up mobile phone roaming services, thus, making it easier and quicker for people to interact and carry out their business and economic work.

Subsea World News Staff , May 07, 2012;

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