PTCL commissions submarine cable system AAE-1


Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (PTCL),which is the country’s top broadband service provider, has announced to provide an a new route to its customers through the world’s biggest submarine cable consortium Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1). The new route will help in larger data carrying capacity.The system has a good capacity of at least 40 terabits per second with five fiber pairs. It is designed on 100 gigabits per second transmission technology.

The over all span of Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) is over 25,000 kilometres and it connects South East Asia to Europe via Egypt. However the timeline given is within the next 15 years.

PTCL is already utilizing three other international submarine cable consortiums; India-Middle East-Western Europe, South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe (SMW-3) and SMW-4 . PTCL is operating in Pakistan as a premier broadband service provider and offering fixed line telephony services for last 70 years.

Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) will offer diversity in case of heavily congested routes,PTCL said in a statement.

AAE-1 provides connectivity to gateways in Qatar, Hong Kong, Oman, Saudi Arabia, UAE,  Malaysia, Thailand and Djibouti whereas subsea connectivity to Pakistan, Myanmar, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

PTCL in a statement said that “Network diversity is a priority in network planning,It is critical to have more than one route for continuity of services for security and for efficiency of the network.