The AAE-1 subsea cable system enters service

29 June 2017 | Jason McGee-Abe


The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) submarine cable, the fibre-optic system connecting Europe to Asia through Bari, has commercially launched.

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AAE-1 is a unique, next generation cable system; the first submarine cable system to link all major Asian, African, Middle Eastern and European regions, seamlessly combining terrestrial and subsea routes to provide the lowest latency connections between these regions.

With a capacity of at least 40Tbps across 5 fibre pairs, AAE-1 is designed from the outset with 100Gbps transmission technology, which may be upgraded in the future to fulfil increasing bandwidth demand. Configured with express routes and the minimum number of hops between Points of Presence (PoPs) in Europe and Asia, AAE-1 is the high performance, economic solution for OTTs, international carrier and enterprise businesses.

Under the cooperation of China Unicom, CIL (HyalRoute), Djibouti Telecom, Etisalat, GT5L, Mobily, Omantel, Ooredoo, OTEG, PCCW, PTCL, Reliance Jio, Retelit, Telecom Egypt, TeleYemen, TOT, Viettel, VNPT and VTC, AAE-1 connects Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, with Malaysia and Singapore, then onwards to Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France. Not only as the primary route of choice, AAE-1’s completion will now provide protection and diversity to existing vulnerable and heavily congested routes.

“We are proud of the delivery of the AAE-1 submarine cable both on time and on budget. The challenge that lies ahead of us now, after hitting the delivery deadline and investment targets, is to carry the majority of traffic through Italy and become the main hub for traffic from Asia and the Middle East. With this major achievement, we can win traffic along the entire length of the cable”, stated Federico Protto, chief executive officer and general manager of Retelit. 

With diversified termination in Asia (Telecom House Hong Kong and Equinix/Global Switch Singapore) and three options in Europe (Greece, Italy and France InterXion MRS1 and MRS2, Marseille), AAE-1 is the unique robust, high capacity low-latency bandwidth solution along the Eurasia corridor.