The Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 6 (SEA-ME-WE 6) consortium announced today that construction has commenced on a 19,200 km-long submarine cable system connecting multiple countries between Singapore and France. SEA-ME-WE 6 will offer one of the lowest latencies available between Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe, transferring more than 100 terabytes per second, the equivalent of 40,000 high-definition videos each second.
The SEA-ME-WE 6 consortium includes Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company, Bharti Airtel Ltd. (India) Dhiraagu (Maldives), Djibouti Telecom, Mobily (Saudi Arabia), Orange (France), Singtel (Singapore), Sri Lanka Telecom, Telecom Egypt, Telekom Malaysia, Telin (Indonesia), and Trans World Associates (Pakistan).
SEA-ME-WE 6 will have more fiber pairs and more than double the capacity as compared to previous SEA-ME-WE cables.
CEO Telin, Budi Satria Dharma Purba is excited about the development of the SEA-ME-WE 6 cable system as it adds to Telin’s existing global infrastructure. He said, “It will land in Singapore connecting to other 10 countries heading to Europe, with extension to Indonesia using current Telin’s Cable System to deliver faster broadband access to users. We have long seen the surging demand for fast internet due to changing trends such as flexible working arrangements, video streaming, and gaming. Telin is committed to serving digital ecosystem stakeholders not only in Indonesia but also globally, and by collaborating with these global companies on SEA-ME-WE 6, we are ready to serve you with reliable connectivity.”
With the unpredictability of connectivity demands coupled with the dynamic digital transformation that is ushering more and more consumers in Asia through Europe into a digitalized reality, SEA-ME-WE 6 provides an additional layer of diversity and resilience for the high traffic density route between Asia and Europe, strengthening the overall network of each consortium partner, through trans-Egypt’s new geo diversified crossings and landing points.
The added flexibility means service providers in the consortium can rapidly scale capacity, protect traffic from faults, and lower the total cost of network ownership.
SEA-ME-WE 6 connects multiple countries from Singapore (Asia) to France (Europe) as it traverses Malaysia, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Maldives, India, Pakistan, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, and Egypt.
The system is expected to be completed by the first quarter of 2025.