The Seychelles Cable Systems Company Ltd (SCS) landed the Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (PEACE) at Perseverance Island in the Seychelles in early March. The PEACE cable system is expected to be ready for service in May. The PEACE cable system is now the second international subsea cable connecting the Seychelles, in addition to the existing Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine cable system connecting the Seychelles to Tanzania.
In September 2019, the Seychelles Cable Systems Co Ltd (SCS) signed an agreement with Huawei Marine Networks (now HMN Technology), Peace Cable International Networks and Huawei International to construct the Seychelles branch of the PEACE cable system, at a cost of about US$20million. The agreement was signed in Beijing China, witnessed by Mr. Danny Faure, the former President of Seychelles.
The Seychelles branch of the PEACE cable systemwith spans a length of 1,800 km, connecting the Seychelles to the main trunk to Kenya.
The Seychelles Cable Systems Company Ltd (SCS) is an SPV (Special Purpose Vehicle) comprising the Seychelles Government, Cable & Wireless (Seychelles) and Airtel (Seychelles), established in 2008 for the construction and operation of the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS), the first international submarine cable connecting Seychelles.
In November 2010, SCS awarded ASN (ALCATEL Submarine Networks) a supply contract of over €24million (approximately US$30million) for the manufacturing and laying of the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) submarine optic fibre cable between Seychelles and Tanzania.
SEAS is the first submarine cable landing in Seychelles, through a direct cable linking the country to East Africa. SEAS spans a length of 1,930 kilometres with 15 repeaters deployed from the main island Mahé in Seychelles to the African coast in Dar Es Salaam in Tanzania. While the Cable Landing Station in Seychelles is located in the capital Victoria. The SEAS Tanzanian end is co-located with the EASSy international submarine cable branch in ZANTEL's Cable Landing Station in Dar Es Salaam. SEAS was ready for service on August 15, 2012, with initial capacity of 20Gbps and a system capacity of 320Gbps, upgraded to support system capacity of 32 x 100Gbps in January 2018.
PEACE and SEAS will form diverse international submarine cable routes connecting Seychelles. Furthermore, compared with SEAS' point-to-point connection, PEACE cable system will connect Seychelles directly to East Africa, the Middle East, Europe and Singapore.