Cooperation on EUROPA Cyprus-Lebanon cable confirmed

21 Nov 2011

Cyprus Telecommunications Authority (Cyta) and Lebanon’s Ministry of Telecommunications (MoT) have confirmed their cooperation in a project to construct a new high-capacity submarine cable between Cyprus and Lebanon, named EUROPA. The new undersea route will be designed as an alternative route to the existing CADMOS cable linking the two countries, while also bridging the IMEWE cable system landing in Lebanon and ALEXANDROS cable subsystem landing in Cyprus. EUROPA is expected to be a repeaterless submarine cable with at least eight fibre-pairs that will be interconnected with ALEXANDROS to provide connectivity to European destinations and beyond. Cyta is the exclusive owner of ALEXANDROS, implemented via Telecom Egypt’s TEN cable, with landings in Egypt and France. Cyta is the national PSTN operator and largest provider of international communications in Cyprus; the Lebanese MoT controls Lebanon’s monopoly fixed line operator, Ogero.