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On time according to the Plan of Work, all shore end works at Bari have been successfully completed and Italy is now officially connected to the AAE-1 subsea cable system.

The AAE-1 submarine cable, spanning approximately 25,000 km, will be one of the first cable systems connecting Hong Kong, Singapore, Middle East, Africa and Europe and providing an alternative low latency route between Far East and Europe. Its completion will provide additional protection and diversity to the existing heavily congested cable systems.

With main of the undersea network already installed, including 11 of 20 shore-end landings, AAE1 is on its way reaching its target service date before the end of 2016, and it will provide its customers with the lowest latency and express connectivity between Asia and Europe. An unprecedented project across Eurasia seas, who involves 19 operators. When completed, will connect Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Malaysia, Singapore, Thailand, Myanmar, India, Pakistan, Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

AAE-1 cable system deploys 100Gbps transmission technology, with a minimum design capacity of 40 terabits. It is a next generation subsea cable that bridges both the major Asian gateways of Hong Kong & Singapore with multiple onward connectivity options in Europe featuring unique landing points in Greece, Italy & France.

AAE-1 subsea cable lands at Crete

OTE Globe has announced the Asia Africa Europe-1 (AAE-1) subsea cable system has landed at Chania, Crete. A source has indicated that the cable is set to commercially launch in November, 2016.

All shore end works at Chania have been successfully completed and Greece is now officially connected to the 25,000 km AAE-1 cable system. AAE-1 subsea cable, which is set to deploy 100Gbps transmission technology with a design capacity from 40Tbps, will be ready for service at the end of 2016 but Capacity has learnt that November is being earmarked. “By leveraging the geographic position of our country and keeping an eye on future demands, OTE Globe proudly participates in

the new subsea Silk Road to connect East and West,” states Dino Andreou, CEO of OTE Globe.

“With the cable successfully landing in Greece and its connection to our existing, optical backbone diverse network, we’re planning to serve a significant portion of the traffic that originates from the rapidly growing markets of the East, such as China

and India, thus highlighting Greece as an alternative hub in the Mediterranean basin.” AAE-1 is said to be one largest consortium cable projects under way and will connect Hong Kong, Singapore, Middle East, Africa and Europe and providing an alternative low latency route between Far East and Europe. Its completion will provide additional protection and diversity to the existing heavily congested cable systems.

Landing the cable in Greece marks a significant milestone for the AAE-1 project as Crete become the first entry point in Europe.