In a momentous occasion underscoring the Maldives’ trajectory towards technological prominence, President Ibrahim Mohamed Solih underscored the critical significance of integrating the nation with the international fibre cable network. This strategic move, President Solih affirmed, is a pivotal stride towards cementing the Maldives as a beacon of innovation and technology on the global stage. The President’s remarks were delivered during the inauguration of the Ocean Connect Maldives-India Asia Express (OCM-IAX) Submarine Cable System in Hulhumale’.
President Solih’s address illuminated the administration’s unwavering commitment to invest in cutting-edge technological infrastructure, fostering a conducive environment for technological growth, and positioning the Maldives as a frontrunner in the dynamic technology industry.
In a historic turning point for the Maldives, President Solih highlighted that the nation is now directly linked to the international submarine cable network, marking an inaugural foray into an era of unprecedented digital transformation. The President articulated that this connectivity heralds a fresh dawn for the Maldivian populace, inaugurating a profound shift towards establishing the country as a nucleus of technological innovation and international trade.
President Solih went on to elucidate the manifold advantages of aligning the Maldives with the global fibre cable system, particularly for local internet service providers. By virtue of this connection, the President expounded that the cost of internet services would notably plummet, simultaneously ushering in enhanced speed and accessibility for internet users across the nation.
Moreover, President Solih unveiled the promising potential of fortified healthcare services and satellite educational initiatives underpinned by robust digital technology. He also highlighted the broader ecological implications, positioning digital expansion as an ally in the overarching mission of environmental conservation.
Minister of Economic Development Fayyaz Ismail, echoing the administration’s dedication to realizing tangible progress, celebrated the realization of the commitment to reduce internet costs. He highlighted the imminent impact of the international submarine cable system, poised to render internet services more affordable and substantially swifter.
Championed by the Ministry of Economic Development, the strategic Ocean Connect Maldives-India Asia Express (OCM-IAX) Submarine Cable System project stands as a harbinger of transformative technological and socio-economic metamorphosis for the Maldives. With a capacity exceeding eightfold the current capability, this cutting-edge, next-generation ultra-high-speed infrastructure is meticulously engineered to meet the nation’s evolving needs over the ensuing two decades. Central to the grand vision is the ambition to diversify the Maldivian economy and cultivate the country’s stature as an integral communications hub within the vibrant landscape of South Asia.