SUB­MA­RINE TELE­COM CA­BLE AR­RIVES

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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.

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