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Ooredoo Maldives has partnered with Huawei Marine to deploy a fiber optic submarine cable with the aim of boosting broadband services in the Maldives.

The 1200km cable will use Huawei Marine's 100G technology and will provide Ooredoo with an enhanced resilient network that can fully address the country's increasing communication needs across developing islands and new resort locations.

The Maldives has a 200 percent mobile phone penetration but only 51 percent of the population have Internet access (via mobile networks)

The Maldives' minister of home affairs, Mr Umar Naseer said: ""The Government has a strong vision of making Maldives one of the most digitally advanced countries in the region. Ooredoo's National Submarine Cable will greatly contribute towards the delivery of this vision, and we thank Ooredoo for their support in bringing the benefits of digital to all our people.""

Ooredoo Maldives' CEO, Vikram Sinha, said: ""As the internet continues to bring remarkable value to individuals, families and businesses across the world, we are of firm belief that it is the right of each and every individual to be connected to the abundant benefits of the internet. With this is mind, we are proud to take this revolutionary step that will enable us to connect our communities to a fast and reliable broadband internet and support their digital lifestyles from wherever they are in the Maldives.

In 2015 Ooredoo Maldives launched a smart city initiative in the Maldives, committing to connect the nation with smart solutions aimed to enrich the lives of the population.  As part of this the company introduced free Wi-Fi hangout areas across prime spots in the capital city including hospitals, ferry terminals, youth center, café's etc. Ooredoo Maldives has also started to use smart technologies to support young people in the Maldives. The company supports a telecenter at Iskandhar School, enabling free access to a number of educational websites, adding to the interactive learning experience of young students.