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Comoros: FLY LION-3 Cable Lands At Itsandra, Moroni

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On 10 February 2019, the new FLY LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network)-3 submarine cable was officially connected to the landing station at Itsandra near Moroni (the capital), according to a government press release. FLY LION-3 is being built by a consortium comprising Comores Cables (55%), Orange (22.5%) and Société Réunionnaise du Radiotelephone (SRR) Réunion (22.5%, see also Mayotte: Orange Signs C&MA For FLY-LION3 Submarine Cable Between Mayotte And Grand Comore). The terrestrial cable between the beach and landing station was due to be completed in December 2018, according to the World Bank, and the new landing station was due to completed in January 2019. Once all remaining works are completed, the new cable is expected to enter commercial service before the end of the year.

Once operational, the 400-km FLY LION-3 cable will run from Itsandra (Comoros) to Kaweni (Mayotte), and have a capacity of 4 Tbps (two fibre pairs equipped with wavelength-division multiplexing to achieve a capacity of 20 x 100 Gbps per pair). The new cable will be connected to both the EASSy cable in Comoros (see Africa: EASSy Submarine Cable Goes Live, 16 July 2010), and the LION 2 cable in Mayotte (see Mayotte: France Telecom Announces Launch of Commercial Service on LION2 Submarine Cable).

For Comoros, FLY LION-3 will provide a backup link for the EASSy submarine cable which entered service in 2010, by providing alternative connectivity on to the LION II cable which lands in Mayotte and the LION I and II cables which land in Madagascar (see also Madagascar: LION Submarine Cable Enters Service). For Mayotte the new cable would also provide an alternative to the LION II cable with a second route on to EASSy. The World Bank report that the international bandwidth of Comoros reached 10.885 Gbps in December 2017, and according to the Minister of Telecommunications the allocated capacity on the EASSy cable increased to 26 Gbps during 2018.

Source: Comores Government, La Gazette des Comores, World Bank

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