Cyta has announced the commercial launch of the Cyprus-France segment of its new submarine cable subsystem Alexandros. The cable is the result of a strategic co-operation agreement between the Cypriot telco and Telecom Egypt (TE), under which Cyta participates on an ownership basis in TE’s submarine cable system TE NORTH (TEN), which connects Egypt with France. The TEN system has been constructed by Alcatel-Lucent and utilises eight fibre pairs with total capacity of more than 10Tbps. The system is equipped with branching units which enable it to be extended to selected countries in the Mediterranean, creating a communication bridge between Europe, Africa and Asia, as well as business opportunities in the Mediterranean and Eurasia.
Under the agreement, the TEN system has been extended to Cyprus via a direct branch and Cyta has acquired separate fibre pairs between Cyprus-Egypt and Cyprus-France, each with 96×10Gbps total capacity. The agreement also allows for an option of extending Alexandros to Greece. The Cyprus-Egypt segment of the subsystem will come into commercial operation in the coming few months, along with the rest of the TEN system.