Maputo, Mozambique, 30 Nov – Mozambican telecommunications company TDM signed with WIOCC, the company which includes 12 large African telecommunications operators, the symbolic launch of the EASSy undersea cable system, in the Indian Ocean, according to Mozambican newspaper Notícias.
The paper added that the first link up to the cable will be in Maputo bay, possibly next week, and the system is due to start operating on 30 June, 2010.
The Maputo cable, which stretches across 0 kilometres and will link Mozambique to the main EASSy cable, has already been delivered for installation on the sea bed, in Maputo bay.
The launch of the main EASSy cable will begin as soon as the link up to the Maputo cable has been concluded.
Conclusion of the launch of the main cable is scheduled for April, 2010, making it possible to carry out intensive testing over its entire length and respective branches to the countries it passes by.
The tests will take two months, before the system goes into commercial operation in June, 2010. TDM, one of the project’s shareholders, is the entity responsible for the Maputo link up point.
Once it has been launched the EASSy cable will have a capacity of 1.4 terabits per second (Tbps), cover nine African countries and provide a link to land-locked countries, as well as providing a direct link to Europe. (macauhub)