According to PEACE, PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd. (PEACE) and Cyber Internet Services Pvt Ltd(Cybernet) signed a Cable Landing Party Agreement on April 16, 2019 at Capacity North Africa in Cairo, follows a Memorandum of Understanding signed by both parties in 2018. Cybernet, amongst Pakistan’s oldest ISPs, is the PEACE Cable Landing Station Partner in Pakistan and has been entrusted with deploying PEACE Pakistan Cable Landing Station (CLS) and managing its operations. Cybernet will build the first carrier-neutral cable landing station in Karachi, Pakistan. PEACE cable is targeted for completion in Q1, 2020.
Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) is 12,000 km long, privately owned cable system. The PEACE cable system will provide an open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customers. The PEACE cable system is designed with the latest 200G technology and WSS technology, delivering capacity over 16 Tbps per fiber pair and a total system capacity of 96 Tbps.
The PEACE cable system will lands in Pakistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya and France --- in the first phase -- will connect the three most populated continents in the world, providing critical interconnection to the economic corridors of Asia, Europe, and Africa.
Delivering 96Tbps of capacity to Pakistan, the PEACE cable project will enable carriers to extend gigabit speeds to the Pakistani population and will be instrumental in meeting the exponential growth in bandwidth demand from mobile and fixed broadband users in Pakistan and neighboring countries.
“PEACE is the first privately owned submarine cable system from China. We see the PEACE project as a strategic pivot for the HENGTONG Group - to obtain our experience as a subsea cable investor and look forward to identifying new investing opportunities in this market in the future. We are extremely excited to cooperate with Cybernet as our landing partner in Pakistan for PEACE. It’s the power of this cooperation that is spearheading the deployment and commercialization of better connectivity between Asia, Africa and Europe.” said Wu Qianjun, Vice president of Hengtong Group and CEO of PEACE Cable.
Danish Lakhani, CEO of Cybernet Pakistan, said:
“We are humbled to be able to contribute in bringing a submarine cable system that will have an outsized impact on the digital landscape in Pakistan. PEACE is the only cable system that originates in Pakistan and connects 3 continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and elevates our country’s strategic standing in the global connectivity race. This ultra-high capacity cable will boost available bandwidth to meet current and future requirements of Pakistan and that of neighboring countries. With its ultra-low latency design, the cable will cut down transit time between Pakistan and France to under 90 milliseconds – dramatically improving the response time of internet-based applications and the experience of our users. The cable will also bolster the redundancy of our country’s connectivity to the rest of world. At Cybernet, our vision is to create an enabling environment for Pakistan’s digital landscape where ISPs, carriers, CDNs, content providers and virtually all IT enabled firms can extend affordable services to our citizens – while contributing to increasing GDP, IT exports and total factor productivity. The PEACE cable system will contribute significantly in bringing us closer to achieving this vision.”