AAE-1 subsea cable connecting Asia-Pacific and EMEA is now live

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The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) consortium has announce that the submarine cable system is now live, with services commencing from Europe to the Far East.

AAE-1 – billed as the world’s largest subsea cable in more than a decade – is the first submarine cable system to link all major Asian, African, Middle Eastern and European regions, seamlessly combining terrestrial and subsea routes to provide the lowest latency connections between those regions.

With a capacity of at least 40 Tbps across five fiber pairs, AAE-1 was designed from the outset with 100-Gbps transmission technology, which may be upgraded in the future to fulfil increasing bandwidth demand. Configured with express routes and the minimum number of hops between PoPs in Europe and Asia, the consortium is touting AAE-1 as the high performance, economic solution for OTTs, international carrier and enterprise businesses.

Consortium members include 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.

AAE-1 connects Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, with Malaysia and Singapore, then onwards to Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

The system also features diversified termination in Asia (Telecom House Hong Kong and Equinix/Global Switch, Singapore) and three options in Europe (Greece, Italy and France InterXion MRS1 and
MRS2, Marseille).

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