Submarine fibre link

The second submarine fibre link on Wednesday connected Pakistan with rest of the world.
The development has ended the dependency of Pakistan on a single cable which was deemed very risky after the June’s disruption that have halted the internet related business in country and incurred loss to the tune of millions of dollars, officials said. “The new cable system will expected to provide enhanced reliability, better quality of service and seamless connectivity and its capacity cable could bring down international leased line tariffs,” a technical official involved in the venture told inp. A consortium of 16 partners including Etisalat has stakes in the cable that stretches from France to Singapore.

This latest cable — SEA-ME-WE-4 (South East Asia-Singapore) is thefourth in a series connecting three continents over a distance of almost 20,000 kilometres with a capacity of 1.28 Terabits per second, the added.
The 16 companies that form the consortium include Algeria Telecom (AT), Bharti Tele Ventures (India), Bangladesh Telecom (BTTB), TelecomThailand (CAT), France Telecom, MCI, Pakistan Telecom (PTCL), Singapore Telecom (Singtel), Sri Lankan Telecom(SLT), Saudi Telecom (STC), Telecom Egypt, Telecom Italia Sparkle, Telecom Malaysia, Tunisia Telecom and VSNL (India).
The key technical suppliers of the project include Alcatel and Fujitsu.
In September 2002 PTCL had signed a memorandum of understanding with other international telecom carriers to jointly in work on the construction of the new undersea fibre cable. PTCL had agreed to bear five percent cost of the 500 million dollarproject according to its requirements. On Dec 11, PTCL (Pakistan Telecommunication Company) chief Junaid Khan has said second Internet undersea cable would start operation on Dec 18-19.

1 Comment so far

  1. Farhan (unregistered) on December 16th, 2005 @ 12:40 pm

    yay

    finally :D



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