September 15, 2017
Lebanon’s share in the submarine cable Alexandros will be increased from 310 to 1,920 gigabytes per second (GB/s), said the Ministry of Telecom (MoT). The plans will complement the start of the fiber optic project due to begin in the coming weeks. The $300 million fiber optic project will help boost Internet speed to at least 50 megabits per second across the country.
Last week, the MoT signed a memorandum of understanding with the Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) regarding the increased share.
The telecom cable links Lebanon to France through Cyprus.
Lebanon’s available capacity will be increased tenfold from 60 to 600 GB/s at no cost to the Lebanese State, according to the MoT. The cost of expanding the capacity of the relevant equipment, amounting to $700,000, will be assumed by Cyta, it said.
The capacity of Cadmus, the undersea cable which links Lebanon to Cyprus, has recently become 500 GB/s. The new capacity will be put into service before the end of 2017. The Lebanese government will pay half the cost of this project, or $350,000, while Cyta will pay the other half, the MoT said. Cadmos will be replaced in 2019 by a new cable called Europa which will also be installed in partnership with Cyprus.