SUBMARINE TELECOM CABLE ARRIVES
One of the world’s longest underwater Internet cables landed at Qatar’s Simaisma Beach, paving the way for faster online streaming, voice calls and other services.
Ooredoo Qatar is one partner in a consortium of 16 companies behind the construction of the 25,000km Asia-Africa-Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable. The AAE-1 will connect major internet hubs in 18 countries across three continents, including in Qatar, Hong Kong, Pakistan, India, Malaysia, Thailand, France, Egypt, Saudi Arabia and the UAE. The 25,000 km-long submarine cable is the third longest and one of the highest-capacity cable systems currently under deployment anywhere in the world. Upon completion later this year, the new cable will enable high capacity towards major Internet hubs and low latency access to Europe and Asia, delivering significant benefits for customers in Qatar. The cable will also facilitate higher speed services, supporting the planned launch of 5G services in Qatar. The AAE-1 cable deploys the latest 100Gbps technology, with a design capacity of more than 40 terabits, and is structured to channel traffic along the lowest latency routes. It will use diversified points of presence to increase flexibility for carriers and their customers.