Pakistan to Get SEA-ME-WE-5 Submarine Cable Landing through TWA

Trans World Associates announced today that it has joined a consortium of leading telecom companies 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.

          • Bhai don’t say that Ptcl will decrease your prices for few months then quality and speed both will go down and hence Ptcl will Jack up the price back to old levels. Services will remain expensive and unreliable in the long run.

        • TW ialready launch 20Mbps consumer package.. 3.5k PKR only…its a pilot project for DHA PH.6 KHI ..only..

          • TW has the horrible web filtering system. On PTCL if you go to site that is blocked, you get a page but your URL does not change. On TW for a blocked site, your URL changes to some restrict html.

            When you understand and realize that a LOT of sites are banned for no reason other than some baba in PTA wants them banned (like pastebin, some blogspot subsites, etc), then you can understand why destroying URL in your browser is bad. And no, using back button does not work because they use HTTP 301 (permanent) redirect with their filtering system.

            I really really really want to consider TW and TW-based ISPs (like MultiNet) as alternatives to PTCL but this one problem keeps me from ever trusting them.

  • Customers won’t get true broadband experience with existing infrastructure. Service providers must lay fiber-optic cables to benefit end-users.

    • TW already launch 20Mbps GPON consumer package.. 3.5k PKR only…its a pilot project for DHA PH.6 KHI ..only..

    • That is true but keep in mind that many people are already ready. For example my PTCL DSL on fiber shows this in modem details:

      Max: Upstream rate = 1165 Kbps, Downstream rate = 24092 Kbps
      Bearer: 0, Upstream rate = 1022 Kbps, Downstream rate = 8127 Kbps

      I have 8 Mbit connection. So you can see that my DSLAM and modem are willing to go up to 24 Mbit on my existing connection. And I am certain the max Upstream rate is hard-fixed on their end, it is possible to go higher if they relax settings.

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