Colombia: Cayman Islands reveals plans for new subsea cable

Jun 03, 2024 | Posted by Abdul-Rahman Oladimeji

The Cayman Islands government has revealed plans to deploy a new subsea cable. Ranulf Scarbrough, who leads the Cayman Islands Submarine Cable Modernisation Project for the Cayman Islands Government, presented the self-governing British Overseas Territory’s plans at the Subsea Networks EMEA conference in London last week.

Johany "Jay" Ebanks, Minister of Planning, Agriculture, Housing, Infrastructure, Transport, and Development, said in March: "The Cayman Islands Subsea Cable Project is more than an infrastructure initiative; it's a commitment to our future. By releasing this business case to the public, we are underscoring our dedication to transparency, accountability, and our unwavering belief in the power of digital connectivity to drive progress. I am confident that this project will serve as a lighthouse, guiding our islands towards unprecedented growth and connectivity."

Cable & Wireless has previously spoken out against a third cable to the island, saying the company has made “continued investment” in the Maya-1 cable. “While a third cable with a direct link to the United States would bring an additional path and capacity to the marketplace, it would not provide material improvement in latency to the USA and beyond,” the company said in 2020.