Singtel completes SEA-ME-WE 5 landing in Singapore

  • Multi-regional cable system takes a step closer to reality
  • To meet expected bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia

Singtel completes SEA-ME-WE 5 landing in SingaporeSINGAPORE Telecommunications Ltd (Singtel) said it has completed the landing of the South-East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable at Tuas, marking a major step towards its completion by the end of the year.
The 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 cable’s design capacity is 24 terabits per second on three-fibre pairs, Singtel said in a statement.
Once completed, the cable’s advanced 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia from 2016 to 2021.
Singtel said SEA-ME-WE 5 has the lowest latency for Internet traffic between South-East Asia and Europe. For example, it can allow 4,800 high-definition movies to be downloaded per second, according to the telco giant.
It is fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, Internet TV and online gaming, Singtel said.
“As a multi-regional data superhighway, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable provides a sevenfold capacity increase along the corridor connecting South-East Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe,” said Bill Chang, chief executive officer of Group Enterprise at Singtel.
“With our data centres in Singapore, our global customers can gain access to an enhanced network for managed services and cybersecurity solutions,” he added.
Construction of the 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 intercontinental undersea cable, linking 17 countries from France to Indonesia, began in September 2014.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is being developed by a consortium of 17 companies, including Myanmar Post and Telecom, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, and Telekom Malaysia.
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