[global telecoms business] France Telecom has entered an agreement with the other members of the Lion2 consortium to develop a new submarine cable in the Indian Ocean. The new submarine cable system, which will provide further connectivity between Africa, Asia and Europe, is scheduled to start operation during the first half of 2012.
Lion2 will cost around €56 million to deploy the cable, and France Telecom will contribute around €31 million of that total amount. Lion2 will extend the existing Lion cable, which connects Madagascar, Mauritius and the French island of Réunion, to a new station in Kenya and one in Mayotte.
The new cable, which will also provide an alternative route for secure broadband transmissions through Europe and Asia, is being deployed by the telco as part of a consortium including its local subsidiaries in Kenya, Madagascar and Mauritius as well as Mauritian operator, Emtel, as well as the Réunion unit of its French rival SFR, Société Réunionnaise du Radiotéléphone, and Moyotte-based carrier STOI Internet.
France Telecom to build new African cable