STAFF REPORT ISB: The Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has announced to have starting constructing the new Southeast Asia-Middle East- Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system. The 20,000 kilometre system is expected to be ready for service by the second half of 2016.

According to details, leveraging 100Gbps technology and a design capacity of at least 24 Tbps on 3-fibre pairs, SEA-ME-WE 5 is a multi-regional superhighway that will facilitate the delivery of broadband-heavy applications, video and contents to enterprises and consumers in Europe, the Middle East and Southeast Asia.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 will connect 17 countries from Singapore to Europe (Italy and France). It covers Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium comprises 14 global players, including Bangladesh Submarine Cable (BSCCL), China Mobile International (CMI), China Telecom Global (CTG), China Unicom, Djibouti Telecom, Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Orange, Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom (STC), Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), Telekom Malaysia (TM), and Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS).

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