IOX Cable Ltd and Alcatel Submarine Networks, part of Nokia, have commenced work for cable route survey for the IOX Cable System, which will span more than 8,850 kilometers.

Arunachalam Kandasamy, Founder and CEO of IOX Cable Ltd, said, "We at IOX are pleased to announce the commencement of work on the IOX Cable System. The contract is in force and the system is targeted to be completed in 2019. This is a significant achievement in making the Indian Ocean islands a key gateway between Asia and Africa with onward connectivity to Europe, Middle East and the Americas. We would like to thank ASN for their strategic support from the early stages of the project and we look forward to delivering an ultra-high speed open access cable system which will significantly enhance the broadband infrastructure of today's digital economy."

The IOX Cable System will enhance communication capabilities along the India to South Africa route. Through its strategic partnerships, the IOX Cable System will allow easy connectivity to current and future submarine networks for onwards connectivity to the West Coast of Africa, Middle East, Europe, US and also further into Asia.

The ultra-high speed IOX Cable System will connect Mauritius and Rodrigues to the East Coast of South Africa on one side and the East Coast of India on the other. The system will deliver an ultimate design capacity of over 54 terabits per second and will also reinforce Mauritius as a hub in sub-Saharan Africa.

Philippe Piron, President of Alcatel Submarine Networks, said, "We are pleased to support IOX Cable in deploying ultra-fast data transmission to address the growth of digital communications and cloud computing requirements. This submarine network will enable IOX to offer differentiated services, while strengthening service, reliability and redundancy to existing submarine networks. Additionally, it will provide a new alternative path for connecting Asia and Africa and onwards to Europe and the USA."

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