The Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) has expanded internet services in Maldives through its joint Submarine Cable System with Dhiraagu (DS – Undersea Cable system), an effort which supports connecting the Maldives to the Global Internet Highway.

DHIRAAGU, the leading telecommunications provider in the Maldives partnered SLT and “SLTNet” services since 2006, following the inauguration of “Dhiraagu – SLT” optical fibre submarine cable system between the Maldives and Sri Lanka.

The “Dhiraagu – SLT” international submarine cable system connects Male to Colombo, through which it is connected to Singapore, Italy and London via a global cable system in Sri Lanka.  The SLT has further strengthened its global connectivity options and the technologies that could handle much higher capacities through massive investments during past few years. SLT’s global coverage was significantly strengthened via undersea optical fibre links: SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4, Bharat-Lanka (between India and Sri Lanka) and Dhiraagu-SLT (between Maldives and Sri Lanka).

Dileepa Wijesundera, Group CEO of SLT said, “Sri Lanka’s geographical location makes it a natural nexus for communications in the Indian Ocean basin, ensuring that the country plays a key role in the process of unfolding new technologies across the region. This brings gigantic capacity to users in Sri Lanka and in the region, with access to future data demands.”

Following a recent upgrade to SEA-ME-WE 4 by SLT that enabled the system to accommodate much higher speed using 100G technology, the cable again became available for commercial use at the end of 2014. Currently, SLT is in the process of implementing yet another connectivity project, the SEA-ME-WE 5 international undersea cable system with a total design capacity of 24 Tbps and100G technology.

This 20,000km cable will run from Singapore to France via Sri Lanka. Construction of the cable commenced in September 2014 and will be completed in 2016.