NEC to submarine cable system to the Maldives

Staff writer
15 Apr 2011

NEC won a contract with Dhiraagu, the largest telecom carrier in the Maldives for a domestic optical submarine cable system connecting eight islands in the Maldives.

NEC will provide a comprehensive set of equipment and services including commissioning and integration on a full turnkey basis.

The contract is for the construction of a non-repeater submarine cable system connecting eight islands in the Maldives, including Kulhuduffushi, Eydhafushi, Hulhumale, Dhangethi, Laamu Gan, Gadhdhoo, Fuahmulak and Hithadhoo. The total length of the cable will be approximately 1,017km with an initial transmission capacity of 20Gbps.

The Maldives, consisting of over 1,200 islands, is one of the world’s most well known resorts and diving spots. Currently, the country relies mostly on satellite and microwave technologies for domestic telecommunications. In order to improve international and domestic network services, Dhiraagu is gradually converting its resources to submarine cables.

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