TE SubCom announced on April 22, 2014 that the supply contract for the majority of segments of the AAE-1 cable system has come into force. In January, the AAE-1 Consortium signed C&MA to construct the Asia-Africa-Europe-1 submarine cable spanning approximately 25,000 km connecting Asia, Middle East, Africa and Europe; and a supply contract was awarded to TE SubCom. According to Time dotCom, the AAE-1 C&MA has come into force as of April 15, 2014.

AAE-1 will link Asia, the Middle East, Africa and Europe with low latency, high capacity transmission.  Each trunk fiber-pair in  AAE-1 segments supplied by TE SubCom has a cross-sectional capacity of minimum 80 x 100Gbps and each branch is implemented with optical add/drop multiplexing (OADM) nodes containing TE SubCom’s industry leading OADM wavelength re-use technology.

The unique cable system will contribute significantly to the volume growth in the involved countries and will eventually connect more than 40% of the world’s population.  When completed, the AAE-1 system will connect landings in Hong Kong SAR, (China), Vietnam, Cambodia, Kuala Kurau (Malaysia), Satun (Thailand), Mumbai (India), Karachi (Pakistan), Al Bustan (Oman), Fujairah (UAE), Doha (Qatar), Aden (Yemen), Djibouti, Jeddah (Kingdom of Saudi Arabia), Zafarana and Abu Talat (Egypt), Chania (Greece), Marseille (France), plus other landings under development.

AAE-1 Cable Map

"With its unique, low-latency short route and high capacity, AAE-1 will link all major South East Asian countries to Africa and Europe via the Middle East, offering customers unmatched capacity thus stimulating exponential ICT-based business growth," said Mr. Troy Yunfeng LI, AAE-1 MC Chair. "As a leader in the submarine cable industry, we are confident that TE SubCom will deliver this highly advanced cable with world-class implementation."

"Our company’s technology portfolio and extensive installation experience makes us an ideal supplier for the AAE-1 system," said John Mitchell, President, TE SubCom. "AAE-1 is one of the most extensive cable systems ever launched. TE SubCom is honored to have been chosen as the supplier of this unique project. We look forward to assisting the AAE-1 consortium achieve their success."