5 June 2020
The Teliri cable ship, owned by Orange Group’s Italian subsidiary Elettra, has commenced the deployment of the Melting Pot Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS). The system landed on Fort Dauphin (Madagascar) earlier this week, with deployment works set to continue until August. The construction of the cable, including repeaters and connection units, was carried out by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN). The 3,200km fibre-optic cable will connect South Africa, Madagascar, Reunion and Mauritius, delivering 24Tbps of design capacity. The project, which was initiated by the Indian Ocean Commission (IOC), will benefit from the financial backing of the EU and the French Development Agency (Afd). The project is being developed by a number of telecoms operators – Telma and Blueline of Madagascar, Emtel and CEB FiberNET of Mauritius, Zeop and SFR of Reunion, and Canal+ Telecom of France.