The Kanawa cable system deployed by French telecommunications service provider Orange, which connects French Guiana, Martinique and Guadeloupe submarine cable system, will be operational in January 2019.
The 1,746 kilometers submarine cable will be installed at the end of July, and Orange's cable-mounted ship M/V Pierre de Fermat plans to leave Brest on July 14.
The new cable consists of two pairs of fibers that provide a transmission rate of approximately 5 Tbps.
The new submarine cable was built to cope with the tremendous growth of digital activities and the resulting increase in data usage, and to improve network quality, Orange is deploying its own new fiber-optic submarine cable to connect Martinique and French Guyana.
In addition, the new system will provide Interconnections and Americas II submarine cables in Le Lamentin and French Guiana. The entire system spans 8,200 kilometers and connects Florida, the US Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico, Martinique, Curaçao, Trinidad, Venezuela, French Guiana, Suriname and Guyana, and Brazil.
In addition, the system will also interconnect with the Eastern Caribbean Fiber System (ECFS) on Guadeloupe and Martinique,this submarine cable connecting 14 islands in the eastern Caribbean and 350 km. A 7Tbs cable is provided for each fiber pair on a non-repetitive link.