Dhiraagu, the Maldives business of Cable & Wireless Communications (CWC), has begun the rollout of a new fibre-optic submarine cable network system which will run from the north to the south of the island nation. In a press release, CWC said the Dhiraagu Domestic Submarine Cable Network (DDSCN) is a 1,253km fibre-optic submarine cable that first came ashore on the island of Kulhudhuffushi, capital of the Haa Dhaalu Atoll in the north of the Maldives. The DDSCN project will enable Dhiraagu to offer high quality, high speed broadband internet services that will also facilitate services such as e-health, telemedicine, e-government and other online services. The cable laying is expected to be completed by the end of December after which there will be a period of testing and optimisation. The network, which is being constructed under contract by NEC Corp, will become operational during 2012.