Morocco will benefit from better connectivity thanks to the “Medusa” submarine cable which will link Southern Europe from Portugal to North Africa, will pass through the Kingdom of Morocco before reaching Egypt.
8,700 kilometers long, Medusa is a new generation submarine cable and follows the open cable standard and as such the project aims to respond to the current challenges of submarine connections: establishing new routes to diversify and decongest data traffic, gain capacity with a greater number of fibers per cable and promote free access to all European landing stations.
The cable will start from Lisbon and end its route in the Egyptian city of Port Said, passing through various Mediterranean countries. It will have 16 landing points in western countries including Morocco, Spain, Algeria, France, Tunisia, Italy, Greece and Egypt.
The submarine fiber optic infrastructure should be operational between the end of 2024 and the beginning of 2025, with the activation of the first phase linking Lisbon, Barcelona and Marseille. It will include up to 24 fiber pairs with a capacity of 20 Tbit/s per fiber pair.
“Medusa was born with the objective of improving connectivity in the Mediterranean and will, for example, reduce latency between North Africa and Southern Europe and between Mediterranean cities in the European Union. This capability is essential in a context where the pandemic has highlighted the need to strengthen networks to support an increasingly digital economy,” said Norman Albi, CEO of AFR-IX telecom.