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Cable typeSubmarine Fibre-optic
PredecessorSEA-ME-WE, SEA-ME-WE 2, SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4[1]
Construction beginning6th June 2014[1]
Construction finishedDecember 2016[2]
Design capacity24 Tbit/s (3 fibre pairs)
Area servedSouth East Asia, Middle East Asia, Western Europe

South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) is an optical fibre submarine communications cable system that carries telecommunications between Singapore and France.[3] The cable is approximately 20,000 kilometres long and provides broadband communications with a design capacity of 24 terabits per second between South East Asia, the Indian subcontinent, the Middle East and Europe.[4] The cable connects Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Oman, Qatar, Djibuti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy, Turkey and France via 19 landing points.[5] The portion from France to Sri Lanka was constructed by Alcatel-Lucent and the portion from Sri Lanka to Singapore by NEC.[5] Construction commenced on 6 June 2014 and completed in December 2016.[1][2][3] An official launch event was held in Honolulu, Hawaii on 16 January 2017.[6]

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  1. ^ a b c "SEA-ME-WE History". Retrieved 2016-05-31.
  2. ^ a b "SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium Completes Matchless Subsea Cable System". Retrieved 2016-12-31.
  3. ^ a b "Alcatel-Lucent starts construction of Sea-Me-We 5 undersea cable system linking Singapore and France". Retrieved 2012-04-14.
  4. ^ "SEA-ME-WE 5". Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  5. ^ a b "SEA-ME-WE 5 Cable Map". Retrieved 2015-04-14.
  6. ^ "SEA-ME-WE 5 Project Launch Celebration Event, A Tremendous Success". 16 January 2017. Retrieved 8 February 2017.

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