Alcatel-Lucent commences SEA-ME-WE-5 construction

24 September 2014 | Kavit Majithia


Alcatel-Lucent has commenced construction of the route connecting Sri Lanka to France on the SEA-ME-WE-5 undersea cable.

The cable construction, which has an overall route of 20,000km, spanning Singapore to Europe, is now officially underway, and is designed to deliver capacity of up to 24Tbps across a number of countries on the system.

“We are pleased to start working on the construction of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system to deliver a state-of–the-art infrastructure that will combine several advantages in terms of innovation, flexibility and reliability to decongest existing systems and will offer end-users an increased service experience,” said Philippe Dumont, president of Alcatel-Lucent submarine networks.

Co-contractor NEC will be deploying the route from Singapore to Sri Lanka, and the system will connect Singapore to Europe (Italy and France), in addition to Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.

“With the rollout of the SEA-ME-WE 5 system, we will deliver a dynamic and agile way to serve end-users and offer them the quality of service they need. Alcatel-Lucent and NEC’s 100G undersea technology will help us in setting a new milestone in the further development of this route,” added Linette Lee, chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE-5 management committee.

The system is expected to be ready in 2016.