Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) on Wednesday announced the commissioning of World’s largest submarine cable system Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) which is a 25,000 km consortium cable system connecting South East Asia to Europe via Egypt, the largest submarine cable to be constructed in almost 15 years.
AAE -1 will be the first high capacity cable system to link all of the major South East Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East. It will facilitate and provide support for the unprecedented growth of Asia-Africa trade.
Providing robust, reliable, low latency connectivity which underpins one of the highest growth and most active global trade routes, AAE-1 will also bring much needed protection and diversity to the existing heavily congested subsea cable systems connecting the various countries along the route. Demand for international transport capacity is growing very rapidly in regions where there is low internet penetration, especially along the Europe – Asia corridor served by AAE-1.
AAE-1 provides the lowest latency connections. AAE-1 cable system deploys state-of-the-art 100Gbps transmission technology with a capacity of 40 Terabits per second across 5 fiber pairs. AAE-1 is designed from the outset with 100Gbps transmission technology upgradable to higher transmission rates in the future to meet increasing bandwidth demand. Salient features of AAE1 are Low Latency, no difference between Trunks or Branch, traffic between any two points is express.
PTCL has been providing fixed line telephony services to the nation for the last 70 years and is also the country’s largest provider of Broadband services. Being Pakistan’s telecommunication backbone, PTCL is already a member of three other international submarine cable consortiums; SMW-3, SMW-4 and IMEWE.
PTCL huge investment in AAE1 demonstrates its commitment to customers for providing a better Quality of Service via diverse and redundant routes, which no other operator in Pakistan can match.
Further, PTCL will be able to cater for growing bandwidth requirements of its customers to support live streaming and watching HD content over internet, thus furthering its commitment of building a digitally connected Pakistan. Network diversity is a priority in network planning. It is critical to have more than one route; for continuity of services, for security and for efficiency of the network.
PTCL has joined hands with world leading Telecom Operators including China Unicom, CIL (HyalRoute), Djibouti Telecom, Etisalat, GT5L, Mobily, Omantel, Ooredoo, OTEG, PCCW, PTCL, Reliance Jio, Retelit, Telecom Egypt, TeleYemen, TOT, Viettel, VNPT and VTC to connect Pakistan to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, with Malaysia and Singapore, then onwards to Myanmar, India, in the East and Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France in Middle East and Europe.
AAE-1’s completion will not only provide the primary route of choice but also offers protection and diversity to existing vulnerable and heavily congested routes.
An open access network connecting carrier neutral PoPs in Hong Kong, Singapore, and France where owners can choose their preferred backhaul providers in the PoPs or at the AAE-1 Cable Stations.
It provides future proof connectivity to gateways in Gulf Countries (Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE), to Africa (Djibouti) and critically diverse subsea connectivity to emerging markets in Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.
With diversified termination at carrier neutral POPs both in Asia (Telecom House Hong Kong and Equinix/Global Switch Singapore) and Europe (Greece, Italy and France InterXion MRS1 and MRS2, Marseille), AAE-1 is the unique robust, high-capacity low-latency next generation bandwidth solution along the Eurasia corridor.