Technical Highlights

  • Low latency
    • Examples: RTD (ms)
  • Marine routes designed along proven routes with low fault history
  • True coherent cable
    • QPSK, 100Gbps
    • Upgradability agnostic to vendors
  • Future proof upgradability
    • Longest DLS < 6000km
    • Able to adopt newer transponder technology faster


Project Attributes

  • The core system includes fully protected terrestrial extensions to major carrier-neutral PoPs. The list of the PoPs which are connected to SEA-ME-WE 5 without additional costs includes:
    Marseille: Interxion (formerly Net Center) and/or Jaguar
    Palermo: new open carrier Sicily Hub PoP
    Singapore: Equinix, Global Switch
  • SEA-ME-WE 5 will also secure outstanding cross connection possibilities with other submarine cables in Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Singapore, and Sri Lanka.
  • Marmaris CLS in Turkey will also be available for members to increase the options for terminating capacities in Europe.



  • Established by industry leading operators with extensive experience in submarine cable projects.
  • Financially stable – fully secured financing.
  • Strong commitment by all participating parties.
  • Leading-edge technical know-how of its consortium members.
  • Solid design and well-founded project plan which has been followed without any deviation to date.
  • Open system with free access to carrier neutral, international PoPs belonging to the core of SEA-ME-WE 5.
  • Consortium’s proven track record of delivering results from successful completion of previous SEA-ME-WE projects.
  • The spans of the system are optimized for future upgrades.