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Singtel completes landing in Tuas for multi-region undersea cable

Once completed, the 20,000 kilometre cable is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia from 2016 to 2021, says Singtel.

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

Once completed, the 20,000 kilometre, cable is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia from 2016 to 2021, said Singtel in a press release on Thursday (Mar 10). The cable’s design capacity is 24 Terabits per second, on three-fibre pairs.

“To illustrate the cable’s capacity, it can allow 4,800 high-definition movies to be downloaded per second,” said the telco.

Construction of the SEA-ME-WE 5 began in September 2014 and it will link 17 countries, from France to Indonesia. It is expected to provide an additional layer of network diversity and resilience, augmenting existing data networking on the Asia to Europe route.

“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,” said Mr Bill Chang, Chief Executive Officer of Group Enterprise at Singtel. “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.”

The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system is being developed by a consortium comprising 17 global players, including Singtel, Telekom Malaysia, China Telecom and Orange.