Alcatel-Lucent and NEC both announced contract wins for the new SEA-ME-WE5 project, a 100G undersea cable system that will span 20,000km from Singapore to Europe.
The South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) project is backed by consortium of 15 leading telecom operators.
SE-ME-We5 will deliver an ultimate design capacity of 24 Terabits per second (Tbps)). The landing points will include Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Djibuti, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France. Alcatel-Lucent will be deploying the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France. Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment.
Ms Linette Lee , Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee said: “As more data, applications and services move to the cloud, we need a more dynamic and agile way to serve end-users according to low-latency and quality-of-service that cannot be solved by bandwidth alone. We are confident that Alcatel-Lucent and NEC’s 100G undersea technology will provide us with the flexibility to address the increasing requirements for connectivity, as well as address new growth areas such as cloud computing for remote access.”
Members of the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium include: Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Limited, (BSCCL), China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, China United Network Communications Group Company, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (PJSC), Orange, Myanma Posts and Telecommunications, Saudi Telecom Company, SingTel, Sri Lanka Telecom, TOT, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telekom Malaysia Berhad and Yemen International Telecommunications (TeleYemen).