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02 October, 2014 09:44 AM Source: Financial Times - Sri Lanka
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Sri Lanka Telecom Plc yesterday announced that the new South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system, a multi-regional superhighway enters the operational implementation phase after the “coming into force” fulfillments that have totally been met.
SEA-ME-WE 5 will now enter its execution stage as it relies on strong commitment and large upfront funding from its consortium members.
Devised with the latest 100Gbps technology and boasting a design capacity – of at least 24 terabyte per second on 3-fibre pairs, SEA-ME-WE 5 is a multi-regional superhighway that will provide the lowest latency and represent an additional network layer of diversity and resilience for the heavy loaded Asia to Europe route.
In participation with 14 global players, SEA-ME-WE 5 will connect 17 countries from Singapore to Europe (Italy and France) and traverse Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti, Egypt and Saudi Arabia.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium members at this particular point of time include Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. (BSCCL), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecom Global Ltd. (CTG), China United Network Communications Group Company Ltd. (China Unicom), Djibouti Telecom SA (Djibouti Telecom), Emirates Integrated Telecommunications Company (du), Orange, Myanmar Post and Telecom (MPT), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Saudi Telecom Company (STC), Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and Telecom Italia Sparkle (TIS).
Sri Lanka Telecom Group Chief Executive Officer Lalith De Silva, commenting on the project partnership and investment, said: “We all believe ICT is the key for a better future and will create empowered Sri Lankan citizens who are able to conquer the world for our country.

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