Huawei wins deal to build Maldives to Sri Lanka cable

Created February 23, 2020
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Huawei Marine Networks (HMN) has sealed a deal to construct a new submarine cable for the Maldives Sri Lanka Cable system (MSC). The system will facilitate a direct connection between the Maldives and Sri Lanka, and as a result increase regional capacity and network diversity.

MSC is a four fibre pairs system, equipped with HMN high-output titanium housing repeaters to achieve span length over 130km. It will be ready for service by year-end 2020 with the delivery period therefore less than 11 months.

The project consortium of investors include Ooredoo Maldives PLC (Ooredoo Maldives), Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun PLC (Dhiraagu) and Dialog Axiata PLC (Dialog). The project backers said: “This cable represents another milestone in the development of the region’s commitment to facilitate and promote the benefits of the digital economy for local communities in both the Maldives and Sri Lanka.”

Huawei Marine Networks chief executive Mike Constable said: “We are pleased to be working again with our partners to deliver fast, reliable telecommunications infrastructure, to further promote economic development and satisfy the growing demand for connectivity in this important region.”

Last month, Huawei Marine said it breached the 100 mark in terms of contracts won, including new builds and upgrade projects, since it was formed. “The stable performance of over ten contracts in 2019 brings us noticeable growth in the global submarine cable market,” it said.

A total of 104 projects have been won, with recent wins including the Hainan Hong Kong System Cable, a new build project connecting Hong Kong SAR, Hainan Province and Zhuhai. The cable employs the latest 16 fibre-pair SDM repeaters, improving the system capacity and optimising performance. HMN applies Open Cable system and 200G coding technology in its projects.

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by Antony Savvas

Antony Savvas is a global technology journalist covering the key trends in the communications industry, and was there at the beginning of mobile business and ICT convergence, the move to the cloud and now digital transformation