For the first time in history, Pakistan to get first open access carrier neutral submarine cable network
ISLAMABAD - 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,