Cable consortium launches Africa-Asia connecting system

A consortium of 17 prominent service providers from around the world have come together to construct a new and unique high capacity cable system, Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1).

The system interconnects Hong Kong, Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe with a target ready for service date in 2016.

The project brings together PCCW Global, China Unicom, Telecom Egypt, Etisalat, Omantel, Ooredoo and many other major service providers from around the world.

AAE -1 will be the first high capacity cable system to link all of the major South East Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East, facilitating and supporting the growth of Asia-Africa trade. Providing robust, reliable, low latency connectivity which underpins one of the highest growth and most active global trade routes, AAE-1 will also bring much needed protection and diversity to the existing heavily congested subsea cable systems connecting the various countries along the route.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, PCCW Global's Chief Executive Officer, said, “[AAE-1] will provide much needed capacity to support the rapid growth that we are seeing in cloud computing and Content Delivery Networks (CDN). AAE-1 is set to revolutionise communications between Asia and Africa, and the rest of the world.”


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