Your Internet Just Got a Major Upgrade: A New Undersea Cable is Coming

You rely on undersea internet cables more than you realize. Those massive bundles of fiber optics crisscrossing the ocean floors keep you connected to the digital world. But when they malfunction or reach the end of their lifespan, your online access can get disrupted in an instant.

Your Internet Just Got a Major Upgrade: A New Undersea Cable is Coming
Your Internet Just Got a Major Upgrade: A New Undersea Cable is Coming

That’s why Mauritius Telecom, the island nation’s top telecom provider, is taking the lead on an ambitious new project – the T4 undersea cable system. This technological artery will replace the aging South Africa-Far East (SAFE) cable that’s been keeping parts of Africa, the Indian Ocean islands, and Asia wired since the late 90s.

Imagine a Thousand-Fold Increase in Capacity

When the T4 goes live in a few years, it will pack a monumental data punch. “It will have a thousand times more capacity than the SAFE,” boasts Kapil Reesaul, CEO of Mauritius Telecom. No more choking on congested bandwidth when that vital Zoom call drops mid-sentence.

The urgency for improved redundancy hit home yet again last Friday, when a disruption cut off the Mauritius islands for five harrowing hours. Similar incidents have plagued the region lately, from cable breaks off Ivory Coast to damaged lines in the waters near Yemen.

An Initiative Driven By Resilience

“With so many cable breakdowns, we want to secure the Far East connection with a new cable running from Mauritius to India and Singapore,” Reesaul explains. The T4 will largely parallel the existing 13,500 km SAFE route, but bring dedicated 21st century infrastructure to the table.

While a formidable $150-200 million price tag and multi-year timeline await, Mauritius Telecom is lining up an impressive consortium. Potential partners include heavyweights like Reliance Jio, Orange, Telkom South Africa, and Telecom Malaysia among others.

For the island hub, taking charge of the T4 emblematizes its ambitions as an emerging regional platform for digital services. But for the rest of us, it means a reassuring backup is on the way to keep vital internet links humming – a welcome backstop when our hyper-connected lives depend on stable undersea arteries.

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