Pakistan to Get its First Carrier Neutral 96Tbps Submarine Cable

Cybernet Pakistan and Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) Cable International Network Company Ltd. have signed a landing party agreement under which Pakistan will get its first open access, carrier-neutral submarine cable.

The new cable will enhance the country’s internet infrastructure capacity by 96 terabits per second. According to a press release, the agreement was signed on April 16 in Cairo.

From Left to Right: Mr. Chen Zhongmin – Cheif Technical Officer PEACE Cable, Mr. WU Qianjun – Cheif Executive Officer PEACE Cable and VP Hengtong Group and Mr. Danish Lakhani – Cheif Executive Officer Cybernet

 

A Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) regarding the project was inked in 2018. The PEACE cable system will interconnect the economic corridors of Europe, Asia, and Africa with landings in Djibouti, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt, and France.

It is a 12000 km-long, privately owned cable system that offers flexible, open, and carrier-neutral service to its customers. In the first phase, the system will connect Asia, Europe, and Africa. PEACE is projected to complete the project in the first quarter of 2020.

The project will allow carriers to cover the local population and offer them gigabit speeds. It will help in meeting the persistently growing bandwidth demand from mobile and fixed broadband users in Pakistan and neighboring countries.

“The system design will adopt the latest 200G technology and WSS technology, which provides the capability to transmit over 16 terabits per fiber pair, servicing growing regional capacity needs,” states the press release.

Cybernet, a PEACE Cable Landing Station Partner in Pakistan, will deploy the PEACE Pakistan Cable Landing Station (CLS) and manage its operations.

It will also build Pakistan’s first carrier-neutral cable landing station for PEACE cable in Karachi. Cybernet Pakistan CEO Danish Lakhani said on the occasion,

We are humbled to be able to contribute in bringing a submarine cable system that will have an outsized impact on the digital landscape in Pakistan. PEACE is the only cable system that originates in Pakistan and connects 3 continents (Asia, Africa and Europe) and elevates our country’s strategic standing in the global connectivity race. This ultrahigh capacity cable will boost available bandwidth to meet current and future requirements of Pakistan and that of neighboring countries. With its ultra-low latency design, the cable will cut down transit time between Pakistan and France to under 90 milliseconds – dramatically improving the response time of internet-based applications and the experience of our users. The cable will also bolster the redundancy of our country’s connectivity to the rest of world. At Cybernet, our vision is to create an enabling environment for Pakistan’s digital landscape where ISPs, carriers, CDNs, content providers and virtually all IT enabled firms can extend affordable services to our citizens – while contributing to increasing GDP, IT exports and total factor productivity. The PEACE cable system will contribute significantly in bringing us closer to achieving this vision.

Wu Qianjun, Vice president of Hengtong and CEO of PEACE Cable, said,

PEACE is the first privately owned submarine cable system from China. We see the PEACE project as a strategic pivot for the HENGTONG Group – to obtain our experience as a subsea cable investor and look forward to identifying new investing opportunities in this market in the future. We are extremely excited to cooperate with Cybernet as our landing partner in Pakistan for PEACE. It’s the power of this cooperation that is spearheading the deployment and commercialization of better connectivity between Asia, Africa and Europe.

About PEACE

PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd. is a subsidiary of Hengtong Group. Hengtong Group is a Global innovative enterprise group with Headquarters in China, which services in the field of information and communication, electricity transmission, energy mineral, financial, real estate, trade, and investment.

With wholly owned and holding more than 70 companies, including 3 listed companies in Indonesia Stock Exchange, HKEx and Shanghai stock exchange, Hengtong has not only industry bases in 10 provinces and cities in China, and 10 research and development industry bases(located in Brazil, Indonesia, Spain, Portugal, South Africa, India, Germany, Egypt) around the world, but also marketing and technical service companies in more than 30 overseas countries and regions.at the same time, the products are widely used in more than 140 countries and areas.

It is also the largest leading enterprises in the field of Chinese optical fiber network construction and operation and maintenance services, top 500 enterprises of China, top 100 Chinese private enterprises, top 3 global fiber optic communications manufacturer.

It occupies 15% of the global market of fiber optic network. The revenue of Hengtong group reached to 15 billion dollars in 2018 and ranks No.1 in optic communication industry in China.


  • Pakistan should expand its internet Gateway.
    Solely rely on submarine cable is not a wise thinking.
    Satellite based gateway is much more required.
    Just one Gateway(Submarine cable) is not enough.

    • Dude there are 6 cables already coming to Pakistan. Satellite? Are you mad? 1 cable can do many terabits but one satellite can do maximum 1 gigabit this is 1000 time less and also satellite is very very slow. Submarine cable or overland cable is the only way to go

      • The satellites you’re referring to have latency issues and have a 1 gigabit limit, yes. However, there are several companies currently working on satellite internet for consumers (Google, SpaceX, and Facebook being just a few of them) in a bid to cover the whole world in internet.

        These satellites will be low-orbit so there’ll be no latency issue and there’ll be several thousands of them in orbit so even if 1 satellite can handle a gigabit only it’ll be no issue. Hopefully this pans out because this seems like the only way we’ll get reliable internet in Pakistan.

        • This concept is still under R&D phase. Facebook initially adopted it but they’ve put it in back burner as it’s not cost effective n viable solution. You need to have low orbit satellite balloons in every short distance. Also this hasn’t been tested state or countywide yet. How come Pakistan blindly adopt it? Submarine cable is the fastest, cost effective and most reliable internet infrastructure solution.

          • You need research friendo. Facebook’s concept failed because they were using drones instead of low-orbit satellites. Their drones can’t sustain prolonged flight and keep crashing. SpaceX has done successful satellite launches and in fact plans to launch its services in trial phase by 2019-2020.

            As for how come Pakistan will blindly adopt it. We don’t have to blindly adopt anything because it’s satellite based. Unless government actively jams its signals we can just subscribe to it whenever it becomes available to us. As for submarine cables, they’re prone to getting cut or damaged in the long term; even if they weren’t, nobody has direct connection to the submarine cables. Our internet lines are also unreliable. Cable net, PTCL, even fiber doesn’t have 99% up time in this country. No such problems with satellite internet. In the last SpaceX test the latency to the satellites was 15ms, which is pretty low. Stop trying to find faults in everything maybe?

      • I think u are a terrible fool.
        Bcoz no matter how much cables are coming to Pakistan but they are hosted by a single gateway.
        Thats the reason behind the casual internet service suspension throughout the country.
        India has 5 Gateways and we possess just one.

      • Your said under sea and above sea cables are easy prey to ship anchors and earthquakes.
        We should have alternative Gateways to handle situations like internet breakdowns.
        (Lakeer k faqeer)

    • No. That depends on internet providers, and given the sad state of reliable internet coverage in our country don’t hold your breath for 1gbps anytime soon. For that kind of bandwidth you’re going to need fiber optic, and currently fiber optic is only available for maybe 0.5% of internet consumers in Pakistan. The rollout is extremely slow due to various slowdowns and impediments.

  • 90 ms is not ultralow latency.
    30ms or below is considered low and great for fps or any type of gaming like pubg, cs;go, battlefield,COD etc.

    • Do you know that there is a theoretical limit to the minimum latency possible? Latency is limited by the speed of light. In the ideal situation that there is a cable coming in a PERFECTLY straight line, the latency would be 40 ms.

      • So I suppose when the players in US and EU get below 40ms latency their gaming screenshots/streams are fabricated, is that it? Stop spewing BS. Latency is determined by the speed of light but also the distance to the servers. Most of the servers are in US/EU so players can potentially get latencies way lower than 40ms. I’ve seen numbers as low as 5ms.

        • You guys are all fools except Danyal.

          5ms latency Mr C is not even possible between Karachi and Lahore.

          This cable is definitely ultra low latency as described as minimum latency from Karachi to Marseille today on SMW5 and AAE1 is 95-100msec.

          It cannot be 5msec people. You will hit processing limitation and speed of light limitations much earlier

    • meri download speed 4 mb package pe 1 mbps raat ko aati hai aur day time 200-400kb aati hai.
      pata nai kese?

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