January 31, 2011

SEA-ME-WE4 Achieves Industry First With 40G Transmission Upgrade

NEW YORK, Feb. 1, 2011 /PRNewswire/ -- The 20,000-km SEA-ME-WE4 (South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe) undersea cable system is the longest submarine cable system to deploy 40 Gbps technology, the highest wavelength capacity currently available on undersea cable systems. The increased capacity will help meet the growing demand for additional bandwidth in the Asia-Pacific, Middle East and European regions as well as locations in between.

The additional capacity on SEA-ME-WE4 allows for faster communication for individuals and companies in this region using the cable system for their voice, data, Internet and video needs. This upgrade also validates the growing demand for affordable connectivity in the broad geographic expanse SEA-ME-WE4 serves.

As regionalized demands increase in the Asia-Pacific region, especially in China and India, the SEA-ME-WE4 upgrade means an increase in bandwidth availability without the expense of laying new cable. Advanced, developing and emerging markets in Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe that engage in localized and globalized trade will benefit from the higher capacity broadband service that so far has been supported by 2.5 Gbps and 10 Gbps speeds typically available on undersea cables.

Launched in 2005, SEA-ME-WE4 is the fourth project in the SEA-ME-WE series. SEA-ME-WE4 links Southeast Asia to Europe through the Indian subcontinent and the Middle East. Using DWDM (dense wavelength division multiplexing) technology, the system is used to carry voice, data, Internet and broadband applications. Terminal stations are located in Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France. SEA-ME-WE4 was developed by a consortium consisting of 16 telecommunications companies that maintains and operates the undersea cable system.