Friday, 04 February 2011 14:52

SEA-ME-WE4 cable capacity upgraded

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The capacity of the SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable has been upgraded to 40 Gbps.


The SEA-ME-WE4 submarine cable connects Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Europe. Laid in 2005, the capacity of the cable has now been upgraded to 40 Gbps.

This is the maximum capacity currently available for such cables, and at 20,000 km (12,427 miles) SEA-ME-WE4 is the longest deployment of the technology.

"SEA-ME-WE4 is a major link connecting Southeast Asia to Europe through the Middle East - critical regions to our multinational customers," said Ihab Tarazi, vice president of global network planning for Verizon. "With the phenomenal growth we're seeing in these areas, SEA-ME-WE4 will provide the much needed capacity without the time and cost of laying new cable."

Verizon is one of 16 members of the consortium that developed SEA-ME-WE4.

 

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