Global Telcos Connect Continents via SEA-ME-WE 5 Cable System to Serve Future Growth and Diversity

A group of telecom companies jointly pursue to build the state-of-art technology undersea cable to connect the continents when they formed a consortium for the establishment of the South East Asia – Middle East -Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system. The collaboration was made official when the consortium members namely Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited (BSCCL), China Mobile International Limited (CMI), China Telecommunications Global Limited (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Limited (CU), Djibouti Telecom SA (Djibouti Telecom), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company, PJSC, (du), Orange (formerly France TelecomFT), Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Oman Telecommunications Company S.A.O.G. (Omantel), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM), Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS), TOT Public Company Limited, Yemen International Telecommunications Co. (TeleYemen)– signed the Construction and Maintenance Agreement (C&MA) and the Supply Contract for SEA ME WE 5 cable system in Kuala Lumpur today. Read More >>

The SEA ME WE 5 submarine cable system, approximately 20,000 km, will be offering a POP to POP solution from Singapore, all the way to Europe in France and Italy. It connects 17 countries altogether serving as the new platform for future telecommunication business.

The conceptualization of SEA ME WE 5 submarine cable system evolved around the capacity requirements of inter-continents to support the next generation internet applications which come from every part of the world. The traffic has grown significantly in recent years, resulting in existing networks such as SEA-ME-WE 4 cable system becoming heavily loaded, thus the need of a new superhighway or infrastructure expansion and diversity.

The SEA ME WE 5 cable system, which is expected to start carrying commercial traffic by early 2016, is designed to provide upgradable and transmission facilities by adopting the state-of-the-art 100Gbps technology. When fully loaded, the SEA ME WE 5 cable system is able to carry 2400 Gbps of capacity, the equivalent of transmitting about 480 high-definition movies every second.

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