Dialog Axiata connects SL and Maldives with submarine cable

Dialog Axiata PLC announced the commissioning of the Maldives-Sri Lanka cable system (MSC), enabling the delivery of high-speed broadband services. Dialog’s investment in the high-speed submarine cable will trigger the single largest infusion of international bandwidth between Sri Lanka and the Maldives to date.

The 840 km-long international submarine fibre optic cable system provides high-speed, low-latency connectivity between Hulhumale in the Republic of Maldives and Mount Lavinia in Sri Lanka. The collaborative efforts of Dialog, together with its international consortium partners Ooredoo and Dhiraagu of the Maldives and the supplier HMN, were critical in achieving the rapid system design and implementation during this period of challenging logistics and restrictions associated with the Covid-19 pandemic.

The MSC system is the second investment of its kind by Dialog, which follows its investment in the BBG cable (Bay of Bengal Gateway), offering high-speed connectivity along with low latency between the Middle East, the Indian Subcontinent, and Southeast Asia, and declared to be one of the first fibre cable systems to be lit at 100G, linking Sri Lanka and the region.

This project was conducted under the aegis of the Telecommunications Regulatory Commission of Sri Lanka (TRCSL), Ministry of Defence, Sri Lanka Navy, Coast Conservation and Coastal Resource Management Department (CCCRMD), Department of Fisheries and Aquatic Resource Development, Board of Investment of Sri Lanka (BOI), Sri Lanka Customs, Sri Lanka Ports Authority (SLPA), and other relevant regulatory authorities.

Commenting on the occasion, Dialog Axiata PLC Group Chief Executive Supun Weerasinghe said: “We are pleased to have completed this project with our international consortium partners, Ooredoo and Dhiraagu, together with HMN, in record time amidst the challenges of the pandemic. We are honoured and proud to witness the enhanced telecommunication infrastructure of Sri Lanka, acting as a regional gateway in international communications. Our gratitude goes to all the regulatory authorities for supporting the successful completion of this project in our shared vision of establishing Sri Lanka as a trusted regional hub.”

“We are very pleased with HMN Tech’s performance to ensure timely delivery of the project. The MSC system will facilitate the growing demand for internet in the Maldives, while increasing our submarine cable network reliability by providing route diversity. The system also caters for additional capacity required to enhance the digital ecosystem and provide modern digital services,” stated Dhiraagu CEO and Managing Director (MD) Ismail Rasheed.

“Our close partnership and co-operation between all MSC consortium members and HMN Tech has achieved a timely system completion,” said Ooredoo Maldives PLC MD and CEO Najib Khan. “The system further enhances our submarine network infrastructure to support the increasing communication needs of customers and power key digital innovations in the 5G era. This benefits all regional enterprises and consumers.”

Vice President (VP) of Sales and Marketing Ma Yanfeng said: “We are honoured to be supported by our customers to deliver this important regional network. Our innovative products and network solutions continue to provide commercial value to our customers. HMN Tech is committed to supporting worldwide digital transformation through leading technologies and effective system engineering and deployment.”