SEAS cable ready for roll-out
Deployment of the Seychelles East Africa System (SEAS) international submarine cable has begun.
The project’s technology partner, Alcatel-Lucent, reports that the cable has been loaded on to cable ship CS Ile de Sein, which will lay the undersea fibre-optic link between Dar-es-Salaam and the Seychelles in May. The project is scheduled to open for commercial service by the end of this year.
The cable will run almost 2,000 km from a landing station of ZANTEL in Dar es Salaam, Tanzania, to the Seychelles. SEAS will have an initial equipped capacity of 20 Gbps and a final design capacity of 320 Gbps.
Benjamin Choppy, the Seychelles’ ICT secretary and head of the cable’s owner, Seychelles Cable System Company (SCSC), said after a visit onboard the cable ship that the cable would be a milestone in Seychelles’ development, making better quality of service and new business opportunities possible.