Algeria Completes Mauritania and Spain Subsea Cable Link
By Christian Fernsby, Post Online Media
December 12, 2019
Algeria’s Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technology and Digitalisation, Houda Imane Faraoun, has announced the completion of a cross-border fibre-optic network link with Mauritania, reports Agence Ecofin.
The deployment of the 75km Algeria-Mauritania fibre section follows last month’s completion of a 440km terrestrial fibre route crossing Algeria’s southern border with Niger.
Furthermore, the minister has officially inaugurated the 770km Oran-Valencia (ORVAL) submarine cable linking Algeria to Spain, backed by Algerie Telecom in partnership with IslaLink and ASN.
ORVAL which cost the Algerian government around USD30 million has a maximum upgradeable capacity of 40Tbps, and will provide Algeria with international network security via route diversity.
The cable, managed by Algerie Telecom Europe, was significantly delayed, having previously missed a mid-2017 launch target.