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10 November 2017
| Alan Burkitt-Gray
Huawei Marine has started survey work on a new subsea cable to link Pakistan in south Asia with Kenya in east Africa via Djibouti.
The backers are also looking at
extending the cable north along the Red Sea to Egypt and south
through the Indian Ocean to South Africa.
The cable is being called Pakistan East Africa Cable Express
(Peace), said Huawei Marine. The basic Pakistan-Djibouti-Kenya
cable would be 6,800km long, but the two extensions would take
the total length to 13,000km.
"The project will facilitate connectivity from China to
Pakistan via existing terrestrial cable networks and create the
shortest route from China to Europe via Africa," said Huawei,
whose backers are Tropical Science, China-ASEAN Information
Harbor and the China Construction Bank.
Mao Shengjiang, COO of Huawei Marine, said: "We are pleased to
commence work on this important project to ensure a timely
Huawei Marine said project is targeted for completion at the
end of 2019. The company said that the project will
facilitate connectivity from China to Pakistan via existing
terrestrial cable networks and create the shortest route from
China to Europe via Africa.
It added: "This network topology substantially reduces existing
network lengths by up to 50% and, when completed, will provide
a cost-effective, diverse route for the escalating demand for
capacity between Asia, Africa and Europe."
Mao said: "Our customer-centric focus and commitment to quality
and on-time delivery, is a hallmark of our company values. I
would like to thank Tropical Science and our other partners for
their trust in Huawei Marine."