PTCL will invest in SMW4 international submarine cable system

PTCL will invest in SMW4 international submarine cable system

Islamabad (Friday, September 6, 2013) – Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL) is all set to invest in yet another international submarine cable consortium system in collaboration with leading operators in the region.

Route Map of SEA-ME-WE 4 (SMW4)

Route Map of SEA-ME-WE 4 (SMW4)

In a statement on Friday, the Company said this cable would be spanning from Far East to Europe with multiple landing points in Middle East.

This will be PTCLs’ fourth submarine cable system encompassing a multimillion dollar investment, it said.

In this regard, a high level PTCL delegation recently attended the consortium meeting to finalise the details of the upcoming cable system.

It is anticipated the agreement will be signed before the end of this year and the cable will be operational as early as in the last quarter of 2015.

This new cable system is expected to further boost the proliferation of broadband connectivity in Pakistan and meet the capacity needs of future applications spurring the development of information and communications technology in Pakistan. With this cable, PTCL will be adding terabits of bandwidth in its international capacity, besides building redundancy to its existing international infrastructure on eastern and western side of the Arabian Sea, the Company said.

This investment marks the vision of the Company to cater for the growing bandwidth demand of both consumer and corporate segments in the country for broadband and data services.

The new cable link synergises with PTCL’s three existing cable consortium systems including SMW3, SMW4 and IMEWE, which connect Pakistan with rest of the world.

About SMW4 Submarine Cable

South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4 (SEA-ME-WE 4) is an optical fibre submarine communications cable system that carries telecommunications between Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.

Route Map SMW4 Submarine Cable
Route Map SMW4 Submarine Cable

SMW4 cable is approximately 18,800 kilometres long, and provides the primary Internet backbone between South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Europe.

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