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SEA-ME-WE 5 construction completed

This is a big deal. For all countries, but especially for Bangladesh and Myanmar which were hitherto dependent on a single undersea cable and few terrestrial links. Of course, construction being completed does not mean that the data is flowing at all points. That will hopefully happen quickly in all countries.

If you read the full report, you will see that the international units of both China Telecom and China Mobile are investors in the consortium. Yet the excerpt below does not include China as one of the countries that will be connected by SEA-ME-WE 5. We will provide the missing information in a subsequent post.

The 16-nation SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium has announced it has completed construction of the 20,000km subsea cable system spanning Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Africa.

The cable system connects Singapore with Malaysia, Indonesia, Myanmar, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, the UAR, Qatar, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Egypt, Turkey, Italy and France.

SEA-ME-WE 5 has a design capacity of 24Tbps over three-fibre pairs and uses advanced 100Gbps technology in anticipation of the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia. The cable’s main endpoints in Singapore, Palermo Italy and Marseilles France are are carrier neutral points of presence.

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