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Submarine cable to link Asia, Europe faster

Submarine cable to link Asia, Europe faster

New Delhi: A consortium of nine partners comprising leading global telecom operators including on Friday announced the launch of IMEWE cable system which will open a second gateway to the European market from Asia via Mumbai.

The cable system will ease connectivity requirements of Middle East and European countries to Asia transiting through India and vice versa. The IMEWE will also help provide alternate routes for meeting bandwidth requirements.

The 13,000 km long three pair fiber optic cable named IMEWE (India- Middle East- Western Europe), has a design capacity of 3.84 terabits per second.

The IMEWE consortium comprises of nine major telecom companies: Bharti Airtel (India), Etisalat (UAE), France Telecom-Orange (France), OGERO (Lebanon), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (Pakistan), Saudi Telecom Company STC, (Saudi Arabia), Telecom Egypt (Egypt), Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy), and Tata Communications (India).

Ajay Chitkara, CEO-global data business, Bharti Airtel,said: “The commencement of IMEWE cable system will significantly enhance the connectivity from Asia to Western Europe and Middle East by offering high speed and diverse connectivity."

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