METISS subsea cable linking SA and Mauritius goes live

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The 3200km Meltingpot Indianoceanic Submarine System (METISS) fibre optic cable, which connects Mauritius to South Africa, and branching units to Reunion Island and Madagascar, with 24Tbps of system capacity has gone live.

Starting in South Africa, the METISS submarine fibre optic cable lands in Mauritius with telecom network operator Emtel providing the only landing point.

The METISS cable system was build by a consortium including Canal+ Télécom, CEB Fibernet, Emtel, SRR and Telma, Liquid Telecom South Africa.

In a statement, Kresh Goomany, CEO of Emtel said, “METISS is already connected to many global public cloud services, application providers and African exchanges with fully redundant backhaul in Mauritius and South Africa.”

“It provides global telecoms organisations, multinationals and enterprises with interests in connected regions, with the reliable services and capacities they need for telecommunications that empower digital enterprises. The whole offer comes with a world-class quality of service at very affordable prices,” added Goomany.

According to Emtel, the METISS submarine cable offers high-capacity throughput and further connectivity to many African countries.

Businesses will benefit from colocation, private links, enterprise-grade Internet connectivity, with remote peering to content and cloud providers and peering agreements.

The subsea cable connects Mauritius with Africa and the world via Emtel’s points of presence (PoPs) in Johannesburg and Durban, says the company.

“The South Africa PoPs augment PoPs that are already in Mombasa, London, Paris and Singapore. Thanks to its partnerships, Emtel enables its customers to connect to around 160 PoPs worldwide,” it adds.

METISS also interconnects with large data centres in South Africa that act as a hub to the rest of the world and host global cloud service providers, such as AWS and Azure.