SEYCHELLES: COMMUNICATIONS/SNA/5/9/18 SABANews 1
BEIJING – SEYCHELLES has entered into serious deals to link the island nation to the rest of the world with a SECOND underwater communications cable system,
Currently, SEYCHELLES has only ONE fibre-optic cable, built under the SEYCHELLES East AFRICA System connecting the main island of MAHE to DAR ES SALAAM, TANZANIA.
The new facility will connect the county to the PAKISTAN East AFRICA Cable Express by a submarine cable system, laid on the seabed between land-based stations to carry telecommunication signals across stretches of ocean and sea.
The latest submarine cable system has TWO landing points in the PAKISTANI cities of GWADAR and KARACHI and it stretches across AFRICA as well as EUROPE.
The scheme is part of efforts by CHINA to offer better connectivity between the potentially rich but unexplored AFRICAN markets, according to the PRO-PAKISTANI publication.
SEYCHELLES Cable Systems Company has signed the new deal with HUAWEI MARINE NETWORKS, PEACE CABLE INTERNATIONAL NETWORKS, and HUAWEI INTERNATIONAL.
The national news agency says President DANNY FAURE has witnessed the signing ceremony this WEDNESDAY in the CHINESE capital, BEIJING, and the project is to start in 2019, with completion in 2020.
SNA quotes Information Communication and Technology Principal Secretary BENJAMIN CHOPPY as saying the contract marks the start of achieving ONE of the strategic national infrastructure projects.
He says with the SECOND submarine cable link, the country achieves a long-desired goal of security in its international telecommunications links, as connectivity to the rest of the world is indispensable for a small island developing state.
Earlier on President FAURE told citizens during his 2018 State of the Nation Address on SIX MARCH, in case of an accident with the FIRST cable, the SECOND cable provides an alternative route.
His comments came after telecommunication services in the country were interrupted for close to HALF a day due to civil work carried out in DAR ES SALAAM in mid-JANUARY.
However, Principal Secretary CHOPPY says by joining the PAKISTAN East AFRICA Cable Express, SEYCHELLES links with the rest of AFRICA and ASIA – as well as directly with EUROPE./Sabanews/cam