Press Release

Paris, Tuesday, March 1, 2016

The SEA-ME-WE 5 (South East Asia- Middle East – Western Europe 5) submarine cable, to be operational in the second half of 2016, landed today at the submarine cable Station of la Seyne-sur-Mer, South of France.

This new 20,000 km-long fiber optic cable will strengthen the Europe-Asia route by providing additional capacity and also ensuring the protection of voice and data traffic passing through the other cables in the area. SEA-ME-WE 5 will connect France to Singapore, serving 17 countries: Saudi Arabia, Bangladesh, Egypt, United Arab Emirates, France, Indonesia, Italy, Malaysia, Myanmar, Oman, Pakistan, Qatar, Republic of Djibouti , Singapore, Sri Lanka, Turkey and Yemen. Orange Marine, a 100% subsidiary of Orange Group manages the installation of the SEA- ME- WE 5 in the Mediterranean, with 4 shore ends: France, Egypt, Italy and Turkey.


Providing enriched connectivity and advanced technology

The cable design is based on the latest 100 Gbps very high-speed technology combined with  wavelength division multiplexing1 offering 24 Tbps design capacity of 3 pairs of fibers. This high capacity intercontinental highway provides route diversity and resilience to the existing submarine cables between Europe and Asia, which are heavily loaded. The SEA-ME- WE 5 introduces the innovative concept of end-to- end connection to open and neutral Points of Presence (POPs) in Europe and Asia. In France, the SEA-ME- WE 5 will be connected to Interxion Data Center in Marseille (MRS1) by terrestrial cable established from the Toulon station. Interxion is a truly neutral European data center provider,  completely independent of any network, hardware, software operator or provider. This will enable the SEA-ME- WE 5 to provide access to a wider range of connectivity providers and IT services at extremely competitive costs.

Strengthening the role of South-East France in international trade

The arrival at Toulon and the extension by terrestrial cable to the Data Center Interxion (MRS1) in Marseille strengthens the role of the region for international trade to the Middle East, Asia and Africa / Indian Ocean.

Orange confirms its position as a leading player in the submarine cable market

With a participation in more than 40 submarine cables and international consortium but also major investments, Orange is working to develop the quality of its global network service to contribute to its ambition: offering an enriched connectivity to its customers and connect them to their essentials.

About Orange

Orange is one of the world’s leading telecommunications operators with sales of 40 billion euros in 2015 and 156,000 employees worldwide at 31 December 2015, including 97,000 employees in France. Present in 28 countries, the Group has a total customer base of 263 million customers worldwide at 31 December 2015, including 201 million mobile customers and 18 million fixed broadband customers. Orange is also a leading provider of global IT and telecommunication services to multinational companies, under the brand Orange Business Services. In March 2015, the Group presented its new strategic plan “Essentials2020” which places customer experience at the heart of its strategy with the aim of allowing them to benefit fully from the digital universe and the power of its new generation networks.

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