Orange signed a construction and maintenance agreement for Sea-Me-We 5 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5), a new submarine cable that will connect Singapore, Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri-Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, the United Arab Emirates, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France.
Sea-Me-We 5 initially offer an aggregate capacity of 24 Tbps and the ability to carry 100G wavelengths. It is expected to enter service at the end of 2016.
Orange noted that it is also co-owner of three other submarine cables that run between Asia and Europe: Sea-Me-We 3, Sea-Me-We 4 and IMeWe, which were launched in 1999, 2005 and 2010 respectively.
- In March 2014, 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.
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.