New cable proposed between Africa, Asia and Indian Ocean countries

03 May 2024

Mauritius Telecom (Mauritius), Orange and Reliance Jio Infocomm (India) have initiated discussions with a view to installing a submarine fibre optic cable called T4 which will connect Africa, Asia, and the Indian Ocean countries.

The T4 cable will replace the South Africa Far East (SAFE) cable which will reach the end of its life in 2027. The cost of the project is estimated between $150-200 million.

It was in 2002 that the SAFE cable was put into service. It links 13,500 km from South Africa to India and Singapore via Madagascar, Reunion, and Mauritius.

The T4 cable installation work is expected to last approximately two years. Once commissioned, the new cable should strengthen the digital infrastructure of the countries concerned in a context marked by cable outages. This will help improve the quality and reliability of internet connectivity in the affected countries by ensuring greater redundancy.