Algeria Completes Mauritania and Spain Subsea Cable Link

Algeria’s Minister of Post, Telecommunications, Technology and Digitalisation announced completion of a fibre-optic link with Mauritania.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.

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