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Singtel’s SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable has a capacity of 24 terabits per second

By Ng Chong Seng - on 11 Mar 2016, 9:53am

Singtel’s SEA-ME-WE 5 undersea cable has a capacity of 24 terabits per second

Singtel has announced that it has completed the landing of the Southeast Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable at Tuas, Singapore, marking a major step towards its completion by the end of the year.

Developed by a consortium comprising 17 global players, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system has a capacity of 24 terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs. Once completed, the cable’s 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia from 2016 to 2021. (Think 4,800 high-definition movies downloaded per second.) Singtel also says it’ll have the lowest latency for Internet traffic between Southeast Asia and Europe.

Construction of the 20,000km SEA-ME-WE 5 intercontinental undersea cable, linking 17 countries from France to Indonesia, began in September 2014. It provides an additional layer of network diversity and resilience, augmenting existing data networks on the busy Asia to Europe route. The consortium says it’s still on track to meet its November 2016 launch date.

Source: Singtel.

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