SMW4 Mitigates Total Blackouts
Finally, Pakistan can rely on an alternative optical fiber linkage between itself and the rest of the world. SMW4 has been ligthened up. According to industry reports, FLAG circuits coming to ITI PTCL have already been shifted on this media a few days ago.
SMW4 inauguration Ceremony Dubai 13th December 2005
Duabi , December 13, 2005 - ( CGEP.PA et NYSE: ALA), A consortium of 16 partners, comprising leading global telecom carriers, announced at Dubai on December 13, 2005 the completion and inauguration of the high-capacity fiber-optic submarine cable that stretches from France to Singapore. This latest cable named SEA-ME-WE 4 (South East Asia, Middle East and Western Europe), is the fourth in a series connecting three continents over a distance of almost 20,000 kilometers having design capacity of 1.28 Tera bits per second.
Completed in 18 months, the Sea-Me-We 4 submarine cable network nearly spans 20,000 km - approximately half of the circumference of the globe - linking 14 countries from Singapore to France and relying on 16 landing points. This system is designed to last 25 years with full reliability, and with 32 times the initial capacity of the previous Sea-Me-We 3 system, which was installed in 1998.
The 16 companies that form the consortium are: Algerie Telecom, Bharti (India), BTTB (Bangladesh), CAT Telecom (Thailand), Etisalat (UAE), France Telecom, MCI, PTCL (Pakistan), Singapore Telecom (SingTel), Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT), Saudi Telecom (STC), Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy), Telekom Malaysia, Tunisia Telecom (Tunisia) and VSNL.
The SEA-ME-WE4 cable is initially equipped with 160 Giga bits bandwidth using state-of-the-art DWDM technology along with latest 640Giga bits matrix Digital Cross Connect in every station. The system can be upgraded up to its final design capacity of 1.28 Tera bits.