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Singtel completes undersea cable landing in Singapore

Zafirah Salim | March 14, 2016
The new Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system is a multi-regional data superhighway that is expected to be launched by the end of the year.

Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel) has completed the landing of the Southeast Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable at Tuas, Singapore.

The 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 cable's design capacity is 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs. 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.

The undersea cable links 17 countries from France to Indonesia, providing an additional layer of network diversity and resilience, augmenting existing data networks on the busy Asia to Europe route.

According to the telco, the cable has the lowest latency for internet traffic between Southeast Asia and Europe. As an illustration, it can allow 4,800 high-definition movies to be downloaded per second. As such, 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.

"As a multi-regional data superhighway, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable provides a sevenfold capacity increase along the corridor connecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe. It will further boost the digital economy as it is ready to meet the anticipated data traffic of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, analytics and cloud services," said Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

"With our data centres in Singapore, our global customers can gain access to an enhanced network for managed services and cyber security solutions. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable is a significant communications backbone that reinforces Singapore's position as a global business and infocommunications hub," he added.

Construction of the SEA-ME-WE 5 intercontinental undersea cable had begun in September 2014, and is slated to be launched on November 2016.


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