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Singtel's SEA-ME-WE 6 cable to Europe to reach speeds of 100TB per second

By Ken Wong - on 21 Feb 2022, 12:29pm

Cable consortium Singtel is part of begins work on superfast connectivity to Europe

The new cable can reach speeds of 100 terabytes per second. Image source: Unsplash.

With more fibre pairs and twice the capacity of previous cables, the new SEA-ME-WE 6 bring low latency connectivity between Singapore and Europe.

Comprising of operators from Bangladesh, India, the Maldives, Saudi Arabia, France, Singapore, Sri Lanka, Egypt, Malaysia, Indonesia, Pakistan, and Djibouti, the Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 6 (SEA-ME-WE 6) consortium’s new 19,200 km-long submarine cable system will connect multiple countries between Singapore and France at speeds of 100 terabytes per second, or the equivalent of 40,000 high-definition videos each second.

SEA-ME-WE 5 connected Tuas to Europe in 2016 at a capacity of 24 terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs or 4,800 high-definition movies downloaded per second.

The route of SEA-ME-WE 6. Image source: Singtel.

Yue Meng Fai, Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 6 Management Committee and Senior Director, Consortium Cable Engineering, Singtel, said:

We started planning and designing the SEA-ME-WE 6 cable more than two years ago, having anticipated the rising demand for reliable, high speed and low latency connectivity led by global digitalisation. With even more people working and living remotely today, this new cable system will help all parties provide faster broadband access to users along this multi-regional data superhighway, while supporting surges from changing working and consumption habits from 5G, remote working needs and video streaming demands, among others.                                                                                                                               

SEA-ME-WE 6 will give the operators an additional layer of diversity and resilience for Internet traffic between Asia and Europe and allow them to scale when needed. It is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2025.

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