Submarine cable Medusa: 8700 km for the digital integration of Africa and Europe
The installation of the longest submarine cable Medusa begins in the Mediterranean Sea.
Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), Elettra Tlc, Medusa and Orange signed contract for the construction of the Medusa submarine cable, which will connect Morocco, Portugal, Spain, France, Algeria, Tunisia, Italy, Greece, Cyprus and Egypt. The system will make it possible to form new links in the North-South and East-West directions.
The Medusa cable will be over 8,700 kilometers long and will be the longest cable in the Mediterranean. It will be built on 24-pair Open Cable fiber technology with a capacity of 20 Tb/s per fiber pair for high throughput.
Construction is entrusted to ASN and Elettra Tlc. Elettra Tlc will begin offshore operations shortly, with equipment fabrication and installation scheduled for 2024 and 2025. Orange will provide cable infrastructure in France, Tunisia and Morocco.
A part of the cable called Via Tunisia linking France and Tunisia has received funding from the European Union under the Connecting Europe Facility (CEF) program.
The Medusa system is expected to create unprecedented opportunities for cooperation, innovation and economic development in the Mediterranean. In addition, the new line will help bridge the digital divide.
Medusa’s construction as a whole is funded by AFR-IX Telecom, Orange and the European Union through CEF grants.