PCCW Global Lands AAE-1 Cable in Hong Kong

PCCW Global announced on Thursday that the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) cable landed at the Cape D'Aguilar Cable Station in Hong Kong. The AAE-1 cable system will be extended to PCCW Global’s city data switching exchange center.

AAE-1 Lands in Hong Kong

AAE-1 is the world’s largest submarine cable in more than a decade and was built by a consortium of 19 leading international service providers including PCCW Global.

Upon completion, the 25,000km-long AAE-1 will be the first high-capacity cable system to link all of the major Southeast Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East, providing robust, reliable, low-latency connectivity to some of the fastest growing and most active global trade routes.  

Deploying the latest 100Gbps technology with a design capacity of more than 40 terabits, the AAE-1 cable will have the capacity to deliver high resolution media content, including bandwidth intensive HD virtual reality streams.

The landing of AAE-1 at the Cape D'Aguilar Cable Station and its imminent extension to PCCW Global’s city data switching exchange center further establishes Hong Kong as a key telecommunications hub on the cable system. AAE-1 connects Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

AAE-1 Cable Route

By transiting through Thailand and avoiding the heavily congested Malacca Strait route, the AAE-1 cable also provides new diversity protection in the region, while at the same time offering significantly lower latency.

Mr. Marc Halbfinger, PCCW Global's Chief Executive Officer, said, “As AAE-1 follows a route similar to the ‘Silk Road Economic Belt’, it will thus further support China’s ‘One Belt One Road’ initiative for all forms of high-speed data services and content applications.”

Source: PCCW Global

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