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 system.

The new system 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. 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 12000km-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. According to Cybernet Pakistan CEO Danish Lakhani, the submarine cable system will make an outsized impact on the digital landscape in Pakistan.

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, he said.

The cable will also bolster the redundancy of our country's connectivity to the rest of world, said the CEO.

Source: Pro Pakistan