du instrumental in subsea cable project connecting continents

The UAE joined 16 countries to complete the 20,000km subsea cable infrastructure
The SME-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system spans across16 countries from Southeast Asia through the Middle East to Western Europe
The SME-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system spans across16 countries from Southeast Asia through the Middle East to Western Europe


The SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium recently announced the completion of the 20,000km subsea fibre cable, in which UAE telecom du is a key stakeholder in the project.

The SME-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system, spanning 16 countries from Southeast Asia through the Middle East to Western Europe, is designed with a capacity of 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs. This is capable of accommodating future demand from bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, Internet TV, and online gaming.

The SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable's 100Gbps technology is expected to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia. In contrast with other submarine cable systems, the SEA- ME-WE 5's main endpoints are carrier-neutral/open Points-of-Presence (PoPs) and not just Cable Landing Stations (CLS).

Farid Faraidooni, chief operations officer at du, said: "Our investment in the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium is a reflection of our commitment to maintain and strengthen our position as a trusted partner for our customers who demand the highest quality solutions when it comes to their ICT needs. This is a strong consortium with many high-profile operators participating alongside du. Due to the optimal routing of the cable, it has lower latency, making it an even more pertinent piece of infrastructure for the UAE and the world."

The growth of mobile data and internet usage in the UAE is driving the demand for higher-capacity infrastructure. du chose to be a stakeholder in the project to help support its capacity demand in the domestic and regional markets.

This submarine cable system won the Project of the Year - Subsea award at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris in November 2016 for its technological and managerial excellence. Furthermore the project is in line with the UAE National Vision 2021 and the National Agenda of sustainable environment and infrastructure.

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