MARS Submarine Cable Lands on Rodrigues Island

Cable Landing Ceremony of the MARS Fibre Optic Cable; Photo: Huawei Marine

Huawei Marine and PCCW Global said that the submarine cable used in the MARS project has landed on Rodrigues Island, an outer island that forms part of Mauritius.

The MARS project is the first submarine cable system to connect the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues.

The MARS project uses Huawei’s 100G WDM transmission technology to provide a system design capacity of 16 Tbps.

Despite the challenges associated with the November monsoon season, Huawei Marine advanced the implementation program of the 730km system, to ensure completion ahead of schedule.

The system completion should significantly advance the island’s existing high-cost, low bandwidth satellite based communications system and further facilitate Rodrigues’ booming tourism industry.

Frederick Chui, senior vice president, Global Data Sales and Presales of PCCW Global, said: “Despite being traditionally underserved, Africa has the fastest-growing youth population in the world and a constantly increasing appetite for connectivity across both the continent and its neighboring islands. The linking of Rodrigues to the main island of Mauritius through the MARS project will result in substantial economic benefit and demonstrates PCCW Global’ s long-standing commitment to building infrastructure in Africa to support and grow the continent’s emerging digital economy.”

Jas Dhooper, vice president of Delivery, Huawei Marine, said: “It is my pleasure today to be present at the landing ceremony for the MARS Submarine Cable. Huawei Marine is honored to partner with PCCW Global to improve network connectivity and the end-user experience on Rodrigues Island. Huawei Marine will continue to provide high-quality service delivery capabilities and industry leading technology to ensure the successful completion of this project.”

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