The cutting-edge submarine cable system will connect the South American mainland to a cluster of islands in the Eastern Caribbean, providing much needed capacity for the region

Orange has unveiled its 1,746km Kanawa cable system, which will provide cutting edge connectivity between French Guyana, Guadeloupe and Martinique.

Kanawa incorporates two fibre pairs capable of delivering 10Tbps of subsea capacity, making it one of the most powerful systems in the region.

Kanawa will utilise Wavelength Division Multiplexing technology, which can increase the capacity of the cable system without the need for further subsea work.

 “With its demographic growth and the growth in uses, French Guiana is one of the most dynamic territories for digital technology. We built Kanawa to meet this need for speed and to secure this region’s connection to the global network. This submarine cable, which we are inaugurating today, will connect French Guiana and Martinique and represents an investment of €35 million for Orange,” said Stéphane Richard, chairman and CEO of Orange.

The final stages of the installation process are now being completed and the cable is expected to be ready for commercial service by the end of January 2019. 

In February 2019, the international subsea community will gather in London for the Submarine Networks EMEA 2019 event. Held on the 12-13 February 2019, the conference will bring together the key stakeholders in the global subsea sector. Click here to find out how you can be involved in the event.

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