13 July 2017
| Jason Mcgee-Abe
PCCW Global, the international operating division of HKT, has today announced the landing of the high-capacity Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable in Hong Kong.
AAE-1, the world’s
largest submarine cable in more than a decade, was built by a
consortium of 19 leading international service providers,
including PCCW Global.
Upon completion, the 25,000km-long AAE-1 will be the first
high-capacity cable system to link all of the major southeast
Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East,
providing robust, reliable, low-latency connectivity to some of
the fastest growing and most active global trade routes.
"As AAE-1 follows a route similar to the 'Silk Road Economic
Belt’, it will thus further support
China’s 'One Belt One Road’
initiative for all forms of high-speed data services and
content applications," said Marc Halbfinger, PCCW Global's
chief executive officer.
Deploying the latest 100Gbps technology with a design
capacity of more than 40 terabits, the AAE-1 cable will have
the capacity to deliver high resolution media content,
including bandwidth intensive HD virtual reality streams.
The landing of AAE-1 at the Cape D'Aguilar Cable Station and
its imminent extension to PCCW Global’s city data
switching exchange centre further establishes Hong Kong as a
key telecommunications hub on the cable system. AAE-1 connects
Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore,
Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti,
Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.
By transiting through Thailand and avoiding the heavily
congested Malacca Strait route, the AAE-1 cable also provides
new diversity protection in the region, while at the same time
offering significantly lower latency.