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08 January 2016
Dino Andreou, CEO at OTEGLOBE talks to Capacity about the company’s involvement in the ‘blockbuster’ AAE1 cable system.
How will the AAE-1 cable transform connectivity
between Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe?
Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) is a 25,000km consortium cable
system, the largest of its kind to be constructed in almost 15
years, linking South East Asia to Europe via Egypt. It connects
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, with Malaysia and Singapore, then
onwards to Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen,
Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.
One of the unique features of AAE1 is that whilst it
terminates at two carrier neutral PoPs in Singapore, it also
continues further into Asia, via diverse terrestrial routes
across Thailand, connecting Cambodia, Vietnam and Hong Kong.
This route enables AAE1 to have one of the lowest latency
between China, India, the Middle-East and Europe, connecting
all the major markets on one route.
As such AAE1 will not only offer additional capacity in the
Eurasian region but also much needed diversity and resilience
to older, heavily congested cable systems along its entire
How will this subsea cable better support OTEGLOBE
in its global strategy?
By investing in AAE1, OTEGLOBE is implementing its long term
strategy to emerge as a strong, alternative hub in the
Mediterranean basin, by building a fast, diverse and reliable
path to connect Asia to Western Europe, transiting Greece.
Our landing station at Chania on Crete Island is the first
entry point in Europe, very close to Egypt and N. Africa, from
where we can offer fully protected backhaul to W. Europe
through Greece, over a unique and diverse route which is not
available in any other modern, high capacity subsea
Moreover, by combining the extensive AAE1 reach to major
Asian markets with OTEGLOBE’s strong regional
footprint in Eastern Europe and the Balkans, we can offer new
IP/connectivity options to Asian carriers and large Asian
corporations towards major East European POPs as well.
Finally, by landing AAE1 in Greece we’re
planning to extend our IP and data service portfolio to South
East Asia, especially towards the fastest growing markets of
India & China.
The AAE1 cable is approaching completion in the
second half of next year. Are you happy with the progress of
the project to date?
OTEGLOBE is one of the initial members and a landing party
of AAE1, and has been involved in this consortium from its
beginning; actually, from the very first meeting of the
management committee back in December 2012. So
it’s been almost three years now that
we’re working together with the other members to
implement AAE-1 project in time. The RFS date of the system is
set at December 2016 and although we had, as a consortium, to
overcome many difficulties along the way, it now looks more
solid than ever.
Finally, how successful do you think the consortium
model has been behind this cable project? Do you think it will
inspire further generations of consortium-backed
Although AAE-1 is built on the standard consortium business
model, usually met in intercontinental subsea cables of this
size, it has important technical and commercial innovations
that distinguish it from older Eurasia cables or other similar
For example, all design capacity is distributed among
members of the cable, each party has its own capacity
entitlement established from day one, fixed between any landing
points. As such, there’s no congestion reserve
requirement or compulsory upgrades to overcome congestion
issues, common in other cables. Moreover there’s
no differentiation between trunk or branch. All landing
stations are treated equally and the traffic between any two
points can be on express paths. Finally, since the cable
utilises some of the latest optical equipment, it will present
the lowest latency figures in the market, with no full drop for
a very long distance (above 9000 km) between Egypt and
AAE1 is an innovative project, both technically and
commercially and we want it to be a 'blockbuster’
that will sparkle more sequels in the future.