Regional internet users are set to benefit from a new undersea cable system through a partnership between Seacom and IOX Cable.
IOX, a subsidiary of Indoi Limited, signed a memorandum of understanding with the Pan African internet enabler to build the system, called IOX Cable System, that will connect Africa and Mauritius.
The Kshs 15 billion (US $150 million) project will be the third independent undersea cable connecting Mauritius to Africa and the rest of the world, reinforcing Mauritius’s status as an emerging innovation and technology hub in sub-Saharan Africa.
The IOX cable system, expected to be ready for commercial service by the first quarter of 2019, will be the first open access cable system in Mauritius, open to all licensed operators.
The design of the IOX undersea cable system will allow it to connect to future undersea cables on the east coast of Africa.
The cable will enable African and Indian business communities to connect seamlessly across a fast and reliable digital infrastructure, ranging from undersea cable to data centres and cloud platforms.
It will also enhance the broadband infrastructure in Mauritius, in turn supporting and driving new digital economic models.
Seacom launched Africa’s first broadband submarine cable system along the eastern and southern coastlines in 2009, bringing with it a vast supply of high quality and affordable Internet bandwidth.
Since then, Seacom has moved beyond being a cable operator to become a major pan-African service provider, offering a full suite of resilient and scalable data services that allow Africa’s growing ICT community to develop and evolve.
Ranging from dedicated IPL transmission services, flexible Ethernet services, to resilient IP Transit service capabilities and accessible Internet connectivity, Seacom can now provide tailor-made communication solutions.
Today, Seacom is the preferred partner for African businesses, network carriers and service providers. Through its ownership of Africa’s most extensive ICT data infrastructure – including multiple subsea cables and a resilient, continent-wide IP-MPLS network – Seacom provides flexible, scalable and high-quality communications services that enable the growth of the continent’s economy.
The Seacom Business division leverages this infrastructure and last-mile partnerships to provide the African business market with best-in-class connectivity and Cloud services at highly competitive prices. Its offerings include fibre Internet access with options ranging from 25Mbps up to 1Gbps.
Seacom is privately owned and operated, allowing the company the agility to rapidly deploy new services, commercial structures and infrastructure in response to customer requirements. Seacom is also able to provide true open-access services with no red tape or hidden costs.