The launch of IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe), a fiber optic submarine cable system which links India & Europe via Middle East was announced today in New Delhi.

The 13,000 km long three pair fiber optic cable named IMEWE (India- Middle East- Western Europe), has a design capacity of 3.84 terabits per second.

Backed by Bharti Airtel and deployed by Alcatel-Lucent, IMEWE is result of a consortium of nine partners comprising leading global telecom operators from South East Asia and Middle East.

Internet Service Providers and Network Operators hope to utilize the additional bandwidth to support high-bandwidth peer-to-peer IP-based broadband services such as multimedia streaming, broadband Internet and voice/video telephony.

The cable system will ease connectivity requirements of Middle East and European countries to Asia and vice versa. The IMEWE will also help provide alternate routes for meeting bandwidth requirements.

The IMEWE is funded by nine major telecom companies:

  • Bharti Airtel (India),
  • Etisalat (UAE),
  • France Telecom-Orange (France),
  • OGERO (Lebanon),
  • Pakistan Telecommunication Company Ltd (Pakistan),
  • Saudi Telecom Company STC, (Saudi Arabia),
  • Telecom Egypt (Egypt),
  • Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy),
  • Tata Communications (India).

IMEWE has following landing points:

  • Mumbai (India) (two landing sites)
  • Karachi (Pakistan)
  • Fujairah (UAE)
  • Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
  • Suez (Egypt)
  • Alexandria (Egypt)
  • Tripoli (Lebanon)
  • Catania (Italy)
  • Marseille (France)

Other functional submarine cables for same route includes

  • SEA-ME-WE 3 and
  • SEA-ME-WE 4
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