PEACE Cable to Land in Seychelles in July 2021
A second submarine cable linking Seychelles to the rest of the world is scheduled to land on the island nation in July 2021, Seychelles News agency reported.The cable’s landing is planned at Perseverance, an artificially created island on the northeastern coast of the main island of Mahe. The PEACE project is being implemented by the Seychelles Cable System Company at a cost of USD2 0 million.
Eric Delort of iXblue, which has been contracted to conduct the Environmental and Social Impact Assessment study, said the cable would “connect Seychelles to worldwide broadband internet via fibre-optic submarine networks, provide redundancy and security for connectivity and enhance Seychelles’ economy”. The cable comes from Pakistan, goes up to Europe and comes down to Africa. The branch connecting Seychelles, comprising 115 islands in the western Indian Ocean, will come from Kenya.
Delort said that the landing of the cable will take into consideration major constraints including avoiding several areas which included sensitive zones of coral reefs, protected areas, rocky landing areas, anchoring zones for large ships, trawler fishing area and main maritime routes.