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Thu 16 Jun 2005 04:00 AM

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Phase 2 of SEA-ME-WE-4 undersea cable project completed

E-marine cableships Niwa and Umm Al Anber have laid 5,200 kilometres of submarine cable between Jeddah, Fujairah, Karachi and Mumbai.

Etisalat and Marine Services (e-marine) have announced the completion of the second phase of the SEA-ME-WE-4 project and all associated ancillary work. The project involves the rollout of 5,200 kilometres of submarine cable that aims to connect South East Asia (SEA), the Middle East (ME) and Western Europe (WE) and is on track to link the regions with added bandwidth capacity. E-marine’s cable ship Umm Al Anber completed Phase 2, making it the first block of the entire project to be completed.

E-marine cableships Niwa and Umm Al Anber have laid 5,200 kilometres of submarine cable between Jeddah, Fujairah, Karachi and Mumbai. The new submarine cable uses terabit technology, representing the latest generation of submarine networks. The added bandwidth capacity available for international connectivity will boost voice and data capabilities.

“We are extremely pleased with the success of our efforts on this project. To have completed the longest segment of the project ahead of all other operators is a significant achievement, and I am confident that this will bring about positive opportunities for the company,” said e-marine chief executive Omar Jassim Bin Kalban.

The major portion of the cable laying has already been completed, and the final leg, to connect Fujairah, Jeddah, Mumbai and Karachi through a branching unit was completed in May 2005. E-marine has previously been involved in the earlier series of SEA-ME-WE networks, as well as FLAG and FOG projects.

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