Djibouti Telecom has completed the landing of the SEA-ME-WE-5 submarine cable system in Haramous, achieving its primary goal of turning Djibouti into a major regional and global hub for telecommunication.
SEA-ME-WE 5 has a total length of 20,000 km and connects 17 countries across South-East Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe, including France, Saudi Arabia, India and Malaysia. The cable is designed to provide broadband communications with a capacity of 24 terabytes per second. The system is based on a new generation of DWDM technology and can support a throughput optical channel of 100 gigabytes. This capacity will enable the provision of Internet TV, high definition video and other broadband services.
Construction work on SE-ME-WE 5 started in September 2014, supported by an international consortium of 17 major telecommunications operators. SEA-ME-WE 5 will become one of the keystones of the various submarine cable systems that already pass through Djibouti, such as EASSy, EIG, SEA-ME-W3, Djibouti-Aden and Seacom. On 07 February, 2015, Djibouti Telecom hosted the AAE-1 submarine cable connecting Asia, Africa and Europe.