Trans World Associates (TWA) announced on March 5 that it had joined a consortium to build and operate the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable network. The Pakistan landing of SEA-ME-WE 5 will be owned and operated by TWA, its second international submarine cable landing in Pakistan. Currently Trans World Associates operates and owns TW1, that connects Pakistan with UAE and Oman.
The new 100G SEA-ME-WE 5 will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses.
Its ultimate design capacity of 24 Terabit per second (Tbit/s) — almost six times of Pakistan’s current capacity — will be used to serve the countries along its route.
The 20,000Km long cable system will connect Singapore to Europe (Italy and France) and traverse Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Yemen, Djibouti and Kingdom of Saudi Arabia.
The segments from France to Sri Lanka will be supplied by Alcatel-Lucent, while the Sri Lanka to Singapore segments will be supplied by NEC.
Mr. Kamran Malik (President TWA) mentioned that “As part of the SEA-ME-WE 5 consortium, TWA’s dream to bring the second submarine cable landing to Pakistan, as a private operator, is now a reality. We will be able to deliver resilient and redundant network solutions with several advantages such as flexibility and reliability for our customers. The system will offer an increased service experience and as TWA we are excited to be part of the SEA-ME WE 5 consortium.”
Mr. Malik also appreciated the clear cut programs and policies being devised by the Government to encourage investment in the ICT sector.
“This SMW5 investment by TWA is a result of positive and goal oriented policies which will enhance socio-economic development and spur the economic growth via a more connected Pakistan.”
He added that TWA will continue to play a significant role in connecting businesses and people around the world. SEA-ME-WE 5 will be ready for service by mid of 2016.