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Mauritius: MARS Submarine Cable Enters Service

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On 16 February 2019, the Mauritius and Rodrigues Submarine Cable System (MARS) was officially launched, according to a government press release. The 730-km MARS cable has a design capacity of 16 Tbps, initially equipped at up to 100 Gbps, and is the first submarine cable system to connect the islands of Mauritius and Rodrigues. With a population of approximately 40,000 people, Rodrigues is the second largest island in the Republic of Mauritius.

During March 2018, PCCW Global announced that it had agreed with Mauritius Telecom to construct and maintain the MARS submarine cable (see Mauritius: PCCW Global To Link Rodrigues With MARS Submarine Cable For Mauritius Telecom). PCCW Global cooperated with Huawei Marine Networks to construct the MARS cable, according to a company press release, and PCCW Global will manage operation for the cable. On 19 November 2018, Huawei Marine and PCCW Global announced that the MARS cable had landed on Rodrigues Island.

The international Internet bandwidth usage of Mauritius reached 96.3 Gbps during 2017, according to Statistics Mauritius. This was a 127% increase compared to an international Internet bandwidth capacity of 42.5 Gbps in 2016, 21.305 Gbps in 2015, 17.077 Gbps in 2014, 11.921 Gbps in 2013 and 8.274 Gbps in 2012 reported by the ICT Authority of Mauritius (see also Mauritius: International Bandwidth of Mauritius Increases by 99.5% During 2016). Mauritius Telecom has also increased its satellite capacity to Rodrigues from 10 Mbps to 37 Mbps in 2012, to 155 Mbps during 2013, 163 Mbps in 2014, and 425 Mbps during 2017.

Source: Government of Mauritius, Huawei, Le Mauricien, Mauritius Telecom

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