Mauritius Telecom announced the landing of the T3 submarine cable in Baie Jacotet on Friday 24 March. The T3 cable system will be Mauritius Telecom's third international subsea cable, offering Mauritians a more reliable, robust and redundant network
Spanning approximately 3200km, the T3 cable connect Baie Jacotet, Mauritius to Amanzimtoti, KwaZulu-Natal province on the east coast of South Africa. Maritius Telecom has contracted with Liquid Telecom as the landing partner to provide landing facilities in Amanzimtoti for the T3 cable system.
Supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), the T3 cable system will have a design capacity of 18 Tbps, which increases the total available capacity and offers life span of 25 years.
The new system adds to Mauritius Telecom's existing subsea cables, South Africa Far East (SAFE) and Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) commissioned in 2002 and 2009 respectively. T3 has been developed to diversify the company's digital roads, secure its access to information highways and bolster digital transformation in the country.
In addtion to the above 3 international cables operated by Mauritius Telecom, there is another international subsea cable connecting Mauritius, the Melting Pot Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS), linking Mauritius to South Africa with branching units to Reunion Island and Madagascar.
Mauritius Telecom also operates a domestic subsea cable, the Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS), connecting Baie Jacotet with the Rodrigues island.
With this new T3 cable, Mauritius Telecom offers Mauritians a more reliable, robust and redundant network. The resilience of the company's subsea telecom infrastructure is secured and service disruptions are reduced in the event of cuts in existing cables.