It is announced that 20,000 Km longer under-sea cable activity has been completed successfully which is known as submarine cable SEA-ME-WE-5 that connects to Pakistan through a TWA landing station in Karachi.
SEA-ME-WE-5 cable will be managed and maintained by TWA in Pakistan, which is a part of the consortium along with other leading working telecom operators from approximately 16 countries. This cable will increase bandwidth capacity in Pakistan significantly.
Now this project is completed and a slab of 24Tbps of additional internet bandwidth is made available to Pakistan which is the remarkable milestone.
SEA-ME-WE-5 is a 20,000 Km long cable infrastructure laid under the sea which connects Singapore to Europe (Italy and France) and traverses Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
End users should not expect immediate increase in speeds. Instead, internet operators [ISPs & Telecom Operators] will now have the opportunity to buy wider pipes / channels of internet bandwidth that will ultimately benefit end-users significantly.
Pakistan’s total internet capacity before today which may be said before SEA-ME-WE-5 was less than 7 Tbps, but after SEA-ME-WE-5 going live, now Pakistan’s new internet bandwidth capacity boosts around 31 Tbps which is more than four times higher than before.
International links & bandwidth capacity of Pakistan includes.
- TW1 with design capacity of 1.28 Tbps
- Sea-Me-We-3 with capacity of 480 Gbps with two fiber pairs
- Sea-Me-We-4 with design capacity of 1.28 Tbps
- I-ME-WE with design capacity of 3.86 Tbps
- Sea-Me-We-5 with design capacity of 24 Tbps
Following international links with landing points in Pakistan are under construction.
- AAE-1 with design capacity of 40 Tbps
- Silk Road Gateway-1 [With landing points in Karachi and Gwadar]