TeleVentures Ltd has announced that the South-east Asia,
Middle East and Western Europe-4 (SEA-ME-WE-4) the next
generation undersea cable system developed and owned
by a consortium of 16 international telecommunications
companies including Bharti (VSNL is also a part of this
consortium), has been successfully commissioned.
supports telephone, internet, multimedia and other broadband
and data applications and has been built with the Terabit
DWDM technology to achieve ultra fast terabit per second
connectivity. The under sea cable runs across 20,000km
connecting the eastern and western world.
operationalisation of this 160-gbps capacity cable could
bring down international leased line tariffs further.
This undersea cable, a fourth-generation state-of-the
art cable system lands in India at Bharti''s landing
station in Chennai.
share of the investment is nearly $40 million in the
cable system that connects India to Tuas in Singapore,
Melaka in Malaysia, Satun in Thailand, Cox''s Bazar in
Bangladesh, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Karachi in Pakistan,
Fujairah in the UAE, Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Suez, Cairo
and Alexandria in Egypt, Bizerte in Tunisia, Palermo
in Italy, Annaba in Algeria and Marseille in France.
SEA-ME-WE-4 undersea cable will complement Bharti''s
existing undersea cable Network i2i that connects
Chennai and Singapore. Customers will now be able to
access end-to-end seamless connectivity, both within
and outside the country through Bharti''s existing network
across India and the undersea cable networks.
new cable system is expected to provide enhanced reliability,
better quality of service and seamless connectivity
to Europe and the East Coast of the US. The cable system
would provide a major thrust to the penetration of broadband
internet in the country and also benefit sectors like
IT and ITeS, banking and finance sectors.
one of the founding members of the consortium, we are
happy to have taken the lead in creating fresh bandwidth
capacity from India to Europe," said Badri Agarwal,
president, Infotel business group of Bharti TeleVentures,
while announcing the launch.
adds, "The commissioning of SEA-ME-WE-4 gives us
further edge in servicing the demand for international
bandwidth in India as it complements our already existing
cable system - Network i2i. For a market which is showing
a growth of over 100 per cent, Bharti has now doubled
its data capacity by adding another 160 GBPS of capacity
will offer its E1 (2 mbps), DS3 (45 mbps) and STM-1
(155 mbps) capacities on this cable in addition to selling
''full circuits'' to its customers in India.
cable has been built jointly by Alcatel Submarine Networks,
France and Fujitsu, Japan, and the technology allows
for in service upgrades without affecting the existing
traffic of 10 GBPs wavelengths between any two terminal
stations connected by one or two fiber pairs.
other consortium members behind the SEA-ME-WE-4 project
Lanka Telecom Ltd,
Telegraph and Telephone Board,
Telecommunications Company Ltd,
Sanchar Nigam Ltd,
Telecom Public Company Ltd,
Italia Sparkle S.P.A.,
India, the SEA-ME-WE 4 cable system lands at Tuas in
Singapore, Melaka in Malaysia, Satun in Thailand, Cox''s
Bazar in Bangladesh, Colombo in Sri Lanka, Karachi in
Pakistan, Fujairah in UAE,
Jeddah in Saudi Arabia, Suez, Cairo and Alexandria in
Egypt, Bizerte in Tunisia, Palermo in Italy, Annaba
in Algeria and Marseille in France.
VSNL, now part of the Tata Group, has a 55-per cent
market share for international bandwidth in India.