Progress on SEA-ME-WE 5

Posted on March 13, 2016  /  0 Comments

Appears to have been landed at both ends, la Seyne-sur-Mer, in France and Tuas in Singapore. The contracts were let to different parties, Alcatel Lucent and NEC, for the France-Sri Lanka and Sri Lanka-Singapore segments respectively. It is not evident from the web that the landings have been made in Sri Lanka yet.

SingTel has announced it has completed the landing of the SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable at Tuas in Singapore.

The 20,000km Southeast Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5 cable is expected to be complete by the end of the year. It has a design capacity of 24Tbps over three fiber pairs.

It is being deployed by a consortium of 17 global telecom operators, including SingTel, China Mobile, China Telecom, China Unicom, Telekom Malaysia, Sri Lanka Telecom and Ooredoo.

The consortium plans for the cable to help meet the anticipated quadrupling of demand for bandwidth between Europe and Asia between now and 2021.

“As a multi-regional data superhighway, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable provides a sevenfold capacity increase along the corridor connecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe,” SingTel CEO group enterprise Bill Chang said.

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