Etisalat To Boost International Connectivity

Jul

3

2017

In The UAE By Launching The Asia Africa Europe-1 Submarine CableEtisalat today announced the launch of the Asia-Europe-1 (AAE-1) submarine cable, the longest submarine cable in the world, enhancing the UAE’s ability to transmit high capacity internationally, Between Europe and the Far East.

Etisalat has played a key role in cable delivery by making Smarthub its strategic hub in the UAE. The Asia-Africa Europe-1 submarine cable is the first next-generation submarine cable system connecting Asia, Africa, the Middle East and Europe through maritime routes and with the least delay.

The submarine cable system was launched through a joint venture involving 18 international telecom operators, including China Unicom from Myanmar, CIL from Cambodia, Global Transit from Malaysia and Singapore, VTC Metfon “From Cambodia,” Mobily “from Saudi Arabia,” Omantel “from Oman,” Oredo “from Qatar,” OTE Globe “from Greece,” BCCW Global “from Hong Kong, Pakistan Telecom (PTCL), Reliance Geo, India, Retetel from Italy, Telecom Egypt Group, Telemen, TOT from Thailand, Vettel from Vietnam, Contacts Vietnamese “VNPT”, and “Communications Group”.

The cable will meet the requirements of telecommunications service operators, content providers, corporate and Internet users in the UAE and the region. Etisalat will also help expand its geographic network and establish POPS presence in new markets by enabling direct contact with countries such as Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand and Myanmar, in the shortest possible time.

The Asia Africa Europe 1 cable is designed with 100 Gbps data transmission, with a total data transfer capacity between Europe and Asia of at least 40 terabits per second. With a cable laying point in Fujairah, the cable is a high-speed route connecting the UAE, Hong Kong and Singapore with various anchor points in Europe through Greece, Italy and France.

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