From Njabulo Buthelezi in Durban
The new sub-sea fibre optic cable system that will
connect Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion Island and South Africa is set to
be completed and operational by July 2020.
The cable, known as the Melting Pot Indian-oceanic Submarine System
(METISS), is anticipated to have capacity 24 terabits per second and
provide high-speed connectivity to the global telecommunications
network, as well as low latency access to enhance business operations
across multiple industries.
Liquid Telecom South Africa, part of the leading pan-African telecoms
group - Liquid Telecom- together with a consortium of telecommunication
companies, last week officially inaugurated the METISS landing station
at Umbogotwini in the KwaZulu-Natal Province.
Liquid Telecom will host and manage the submarine cable.
Angus Hay, general manager for Africa Data Centres (Southern Africa),
said the METISS subsea fibre optic cable underscored the company’s
commitment to provide high-speed connectivity to every African on the
“Everything we do is driven by a simple yet powerful belief that
everyone in Africa has the right to be connected,” Hay said.
Xavier Hermesse, METISS Chairman, said the partnership with Liquid
Telecom was an important step for connecting people and economies of the
Indian Ocean islands to South Africa, which is among the major internet
hubs in Africa.
“METISS Members would like to thank Liquid Telecom and South African
authorities for this successful collaboration,” Hermesse said.
– CAJ News