15 Telcos Form SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium

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By- Dylan Bushell-Embling

A consortium of 15 Asian, Middle Eastern and European telecom companies have teamed up to build a new subsea cable system, the SEA-ME-WE 5.
The 20,000km cable system will connect 17 countries in the three regions along a route running from Singapore to France.
The consortium aims to have the cable system operational by 2016. It will use the latest 100G technology to provide a total design capacity of 24,000 Gbps.
Bill Chang, CEO of consortium member SingTel’s enterprise group, said the new cable system will address the urgent need for new capacity along the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe route.
“Submarine cables [are] key to global communications and connectivity, overcoming distance and physical borders,” he said. “Today, 95% of the world’s voice, video and data traffic is transmitted via subsea data highways.” Original Post at Telecom Asia
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