Mauritius connected to T3 submarine cable

30 March 2023

Mauritius Telecom (MT) has connected Mauritius to a new fibre optic submarine cable, T3.

The first end of the new infrastructure was installed on 24 March in a landing station located in Baie-du-Jacotet. The other end will land later this year at Amanzimtoti in Kwazulu-Natal Province, South Africa.

The T3 cable is 3,200 km long and has a capacity of 18Tbps, guaranteeing Mauritius Telecom a more reliable, robust and redundant network. Its commissioning is scheduled for the end of 2023 and its service life is estimated at 25 years.

T3 is the third fibre optic submarine cable connected to Mauritius Telecom with SAFE (South Africa Far East) and LION (Lower Indian Ocean Network) commissioned in 2002 and 2009 respectively.

Mauritius Telecom hopes to diversify its digital routes and secure its access to information highways.

“The benefits are therefore positive for the development and economic activities of the country: Mauritian companies, ‘smart cities’ and cloud computing among others, can be reassured of the continuity of their activities. For consumers, this third cable will bring more capacity and also very high speed internet and gaming,” said Mauritius Telecom in a statement.