LION (cable system)

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Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION)
Landing points
Total length 1000 km
Design capacity 1.28 terabits per second
Date of first use 2009

Lower Indian Ocean Network (LION) is a submarine communications cable system that connects Madagascar, Réunion, and Mauritius.[1] It is 1,000 kilometres long.[1] It is capable of delivering up to 1.28 terabits per second.[1] The project was financed by a consortium made up of Orange Madagascar, Mauritius Telecom and France Telecom S.A..[1]

Overall, the LION project will cost an estimated 37 million dollars. The Mauritius Telecom group has reportedly invested 10.8 million in the project. To reach Europe and other destinations, the LION cable is linked to the SAFE cable and will be connected to the EASSy and the East African Marine System (TEAMs) cable when they are operational.[6]

It has cable landing points at:[2][3]

The cable will subsequently be extended to Nyali, Mombasa in Kenya with a LION2 branch connecting Mayotte.[4][5]

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  1. ^ a b c d "Orange inaugurates the new submarine cable LION in Reunion and continues its strategy to develop broadband internet in the Indian Ocean" (PDF) (Press release). Orange. 2009-12-11. Archived from the original (PDF) on 2011-08-20. Retrieved 2010-08-02. 
  2. ^ LION optical fiber submarine cable system
  3. ^ LION Greg's Cable Map
  4. ^ LION2 Greg's Cable Map
  5. ^ LION2 planned for Indian Ocean Telegeography, September 24, 2010

6.Hilbert, P. (2010, March 31). LION Cable Links Madagascar, Mauritius, Reunion. Retrieved February 21, 2017