the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable connecting Asia makes its landing in the Var

To respond to the increase in data exchanges between Europe and Asia, the operator Orange, under his cable cap with Orange Marine, carried out this Tuesday a landing operation of a new submarine cable near La Seyne-sur-Mer, near Toulon, in the Var.

The cable SEA-ME-WE 5 is long 20,000 km and crosses the Mediterranean, the Red Sea and the Indian Ocean to reach Singapore. It will serve 17 countries in the Middle East and around Asia, while also connecting France, Italy, Turkey and Egypt on the Mediterranean side.

SEA-ME-WE 5 will offer a capacity of 24 Tbps on three pairs of optical fiber and it must relieve the existing infrastructure between Europe and Asia thanks to its numerous intermediate links. Orange indicates that the submarine cable will be connected to the Data Center Interxion in Marseille (MRS1) by a land link connected to the Toulon station.

Orange SEA ME WE 5 submarine cable

The cost of installing the cable over its entire route represents an investment of more than 300 million euros for Orange and its partners, excluding maintenance and repair costs caused by ruptures linked to ship anchors or earthquakes, the main causes of damage.

The operator also ensures an international communications channel that can serve the interests of his business branch OBS (Orange Business Services) and from which it may lease part of the capacity to other operators. And the intelligence services There will undoubtedly also find there an exciting new field of investigation …