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IMEWE sub-sea cable goes live

Sub-sea cable connecting the Middle East with India and Europe goes live.

IMEWE sub-sea cable goes live
Orange Group spearheaded the IMEWE cable project, which links the Middle East with India and Europe.

IMEWE, a 13,000km fibre optic submarine cable linking the Middle East to India and Western Europe, went live this week.

IMEWE was spearheaded by Orange Group, France's incumbent telecom operator, and serves India, Pakistan, the UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and France.

Orange Group brought together several major partners in an international consortium to bring the project to fruition, including Bharti, Etisalat, Ogero, Pakistan Telecom, and STC.

The consortium invested some $480 million in the project, with Orange Group contributing $60 million.

Orange expects the cable to support "strong growth" in the Indian subcontinent by providing alternate transmission capacity to its customers. It will also provide Middle Eastern countries with a new point of access to international broadband networks, the company said.

IMEWE also offers an alternate route for traffic carries by the Sea-Me-We 4 cable linking Southeast Asia to Western Europe, in which Orange Group is also a stakeholder.

IMEWE uses wavelength division multiplexing (WDM), which allows capacity to be increased based on demand without additional submarine work. It has a potential capacity of 3.84 Tb/sec.

The system was designed to migrate towards the 40 Gb/sec technology.

Orange is also a stakeholder in the deployment of the ACE cable on the Atlantic side of the African continent, which will link South Africa to France in 2012 by connecting twenty-three countries.

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