Alcatel-Lucent has begun construction of a 20,000km undersea cable system that is designed to deliver up to 24 terabytes per second broadband services between Singapore and France.
The new 100G South-East Asia, Middle-East, Western 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) project will also span Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti and Saudi Arabia.
As part of the multi-million euro contract, Alcatel-Lucent will build the segments spanning Sri Lanka to France, with co-contractor NEC constructing the Singapore to Sri Lanka section.
Among the other operator partners in the project are China Mobile, Orange, SingTel and Telecom Italia Sparkle. The system is due to be operational by 2016.
Linette Lee, Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Management Committee, said: “With the rollout of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system, we will deliver a dynamic and agile way to serve end-users and offer them the quality of service they need. Alcatel-Lucent and NEC’s 100G undersea technology will help us in setting a new milestone in the further development of this route.”
Alcatel Lucent will install cable and repeaters using its 1620 Light Manager submarine technology, in addition to deploying its end-to-end submarine network management system. The vendor will also be in charge of project management, system design, marine operations and system commissioning for the project.
Philippe Dumont, President of Alcatel-Lucent Submarine Networks, said: “We are pleased to start working on the construction of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system to deliver a state-of–the-art infrastructure that will combine several advantages in terms of innovation, flexibility and reliability to decongest existing systems and will offer end-users an increased service experience.”
In January the AAE-1 cable system was announced, which will link Africa, Asia, Europe and the Middle East and is also due to go live in 2016.