FIBRE UNDER-SEA CABLE TO LINK MOROCCO AND FRANCE

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Moroccan incumbent  Maroc Telecom has announced the launching of an under-sea optical fiber cable, worth about $34.3m, that will link north-west of Morocco and southern France.

  The cable is dubbed 'Atlas Offshore'. According to the company, the link is meant to meet the needs, in terms of international capacity, of offshoring activities in Morocco, as well as the needs for Internet through broadband ADSL.

The 1,634-km long cable has a capacity of 40 Gb/sec, that can be expanded to reach 320 Gb. Atlas Offshore is due to allow the connection of more than 500,000 simultaneous calls, which will meet the growing needs of the call centers.

The work is scheduled to start operating in March 2007, and the construction works will be totally funded by Maroc Telecom, while it will be insured by French company, Alcatel Submarine Network.

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