Montserrat submarine cable installation complete
The installation of the new submarine fibre optic cable system from Montserrat, to the Branching Unit between Guadeloupe and Antigua, has been completed.
The marine installation operations started following the arrival of the cable laying ship, the ‘IT Intrepid’.
According to project manager, Denzil West, the CS IT Intrepid completed the laying of the cable and integration of the Branching Unit on July 02.
Following the completion of the laying operations the cable ship returned to Bunkum Bay and finished the end to end testing of the submarine cable system to certify connectivity from the beach manhole to Antigua and to Guadeloupe.
The ship has departed Montserrat and is on its way to Curacao to drop off Montserrat’s spare cable and jointing kits, at the cable storage depot there.
“Focus now shifts back to the completion of the terrestrial components of the project, as we await the arrival of the composite terrestrial cable from the UK and the modular landing station from China,” said Denzil West.
The project remains on track for an end of August, Ready for Service (RFS) date for the new Montserrat submarine cable system.