consortium of 9 companies
|Total length||13000 km|
|Design capacity||3.84 Terabits/sec|
|Date of first use||2009|
I-ME-WE (India-Middle East-Western Europe) is a 13,000-kilometre (8,100 mi) submarine communications cable system between India and France. The design capacity is 3.84 Terabits per second. It has been operational since 2009 with Tripoli, Lebanon being connected in November 2011. Internet Service Providers and Network Operators hope to utilize the additional bandwidth to support high-bandwidth peer-to-peer IP-based broadband services such as multimedia streaming, broadband Internet and voice/video telephony.
The cable system includes a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt. The I-ME-WE cable system comprises three optical fibre cable pairs and 2 trunk lines. It has cable landing stations at:
- Mumbai (India) (two landing sites)
- Karachi (Pakistan)
- Fujairah (UAE)
- Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
- Suez (Egypt)
- Alexandria (Egypt)
- Tripoli (Lebanon) Note: not Tripoli, Libya
- Catania (Italy)
- Marseille (France)
The cable system was funded by a consortium of 9 companies from across the world:
- Bharti Airtel (India)
- Etisalat (UAE)
- France Telecom (France)
- Ogero (Lebanon)
- PTCL (Pakistan)
- STC (Saudi Arabia)
- Telecom Egypt (Egypt)
- Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy)
- Tata Communications (formerly VSNL) (India)
Other cable systems following a substantially similar route are:
- "Alcatel-Lucent to build undersea cable". Business Standard. 2008-02-13. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
- "Bharti Airtel starts Mideast data services". Business Times Malaysia. 2009-12-29. Retrieved 2010-01-09.[dead link]
- "Imewe Picks Alcatel-Lucent". UnStrung. 2008-02-11. Retrieved 2008-02-13.
- Shanbhag, Raju (2008-02-11). "Global Telecom Leaders to Build I-Me-We Cable System". TMCnet. Retrieved 2008-02-13.