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Ooredoo connects Maldives with submarine cable network

Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 January 2017, MVT 19:18
Ooredoo Maldives CEO Vikram Sinha (R) with other officials during the inauguration of Ooredoo Maldives' nationwide submarine cable project. FILE PHOTO: NISHAN ALI/MIHAARU
Fathmath Shaahunaz
05 January 2017, MVT 19:18

Telecom giant Ooredoo Maldives completed its hefty project to connect the archipelago with its nationwide submarine cable on Thursday.

In a statement, Ooredoo said that the submarine cable, laid north to south across the Maldives, has ended at the landing station established in the island of Kulhudhuffushi in Haa Dhaal atoll. The cable is now connected with all seven landing stations set up in Addu atoll Hithadhoo island, Gaafu Dhaal atoll Thinadhoo island, Meemu atoll Kolhufushi island, Baa atoll Eydhafushi island and in the reclaimed suburb of Hulhumale in Kaafu atoll.

Ooredoo commenced the project of USD 25 million (MVR 384 million) last December 8, connecting the cable first to the landing station in Hithadhoo.

The company’s CEO stated that digital infrastructure plays a key role in the economic and social advancements of a nation. Noting the priority given by the Maldives government for the development of modern infrastructure to digitalise the country, CEO Sinha declared it an honour for Ooredoo to aid in realising that vision.

He also thanked everyone that assisted and supported Ooredoo’s nationwide submarine cable venture.

Ooredoo Maldives is preparing to provide its 4G+ internet connection all across the Maldives via their nationwide submarine cable network on January 15. Under the project, the company has already commenced 4G+ services to 40 islands last week.

Ooredoo is also working to establish broadband internet connection in all inhabited islands of the Maldives via their submarine cable network within three months.

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