Accroding to the consortium of Maldives Sri Lanka Cable system (MSC), the MSC cable system has been ready for service as of February 24, 2021. The 840km long MSC cable system provides high-speed, low latency connectivity between Hulhumale in the Republic of Maldives and Mount Lavinia in Sri Lanka. The MSC consortium comprises Dialog Axiata of Sri Lanka and Ooredoo Maldives and Dhiraagu of Maldives. The MSC cable system is supplied by HMN Technology (legacy Huawei Marine Networks).
According to Dialog Axiata, the MSC cable system is the second investment of its kind by Dialog, which follows its investment in the the Bay of Bengal Gateway (BBG) cable system, offering high speed connectivity along with low latency between the Middle East, the Indian sub-continent and South-East Asia, and was one of the first fiber cable systems to be lit at 100G, linking Sri Lanka and the region. This MSC cable project was conducted under the aegis of Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Ministry of Defense (MOD), Sri Lanka Navy, Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department (CC and CRMD), Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI), Sri Lanka Customs, Sri Lanka Port Authority (SLPA) and other relevant regulatory authorities.
The MSC cable system will facilitate the growing demand for internet in the Maldives, while increasing submarine cable network reliability by providing route diversity. The MSC cable system also caters for additional capacity required to enhance the digital ecosystem and provide modern digital services in the Maldives. With the MSC cable system and its onward connectivity to various international submarine cable systems connecting Sri Lanka, it will improve international connectivity to the Maldives.
HMN Tech’s performance ensures timely delivery of the MSC project during the COVID-19 pandemic. The collaborative efforts of HMN Tech and the MSC consortium comprising Ooredoo, Dhiraagu, and Dialog Axiata was critical to achieving the rapid system design and implementation during this period of challenging logistics and restrictions associated with the COVID 19 pandemic.