NEC to Supply Maldives' Domestic Submarine Cable System

NEC Corporation has signed a contract with Dhiraagu, the largest telecom carrier in the Maldives, for a domestic optical submarine cable system connecting eight islands in the Maldives. NEC will provide a set of equipment and services including commissioning and integration on a full turnkey basis.

The contract is for the construction of a non-repeater submarine cable system connecting eight islands in the Maldives, including Kulhuduffushi, Eydhafushi, Hulhumale, Dhangethi, Laamu Gan, Gadhdhoo, Fuahmulak and Hithadhoo. The total length of the cable will be approximately 1,017km with an initial transmission capacity of 20Gbps.

The Maldives, consisting of over 1,200 islands, is one of the world's most well known resorts and diving spots. Currently, the country relies mostly on satellite and microwave technologies for domestic telecommunications. In order to improve international and domestic network services, Dhiraagu is gradually converting its resources to submarine cables.

NEC successfully completed the country's first submarine cable system in January 2007, linking the Maldives to the rest of the world through Sri Lanka, and a domestic system connecting five islands in the Maldives. The new submarine cable will connect to these existing cables, which will enhance the reach of domestic and international telecommunications for the Maldives.

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