By Ahmet Can, Turkish Weekly

Türk Telekom has built a high-capacity submarine data network at the Aegean resort town of Marmaris as a part of a $700-million project.

The SEA-ME-WE-5 project will connect 17 countries, including Turkey, to a system that stretches for more than 20,000 kilometers between Asia and Europe, according to company representatives.

A total of six ships are working to pave the cables now, they have said.

The construction of the system, which connects countries on three continents, including Singapore, India, the United Arab Emirates, Egypt, Italy and France, started in 2014 and is planned to be completed by November 2016.

Türk Telekom Business Unit CEO Mehmet Ali Akarca said Türk Telekom International became the first and only Turkish company to participate in the SEA-ME-WE-5 consortium in 2015.

“With the launch of Marmaris Station, we have connected Turkey to a fiber network that stretches for more than 20,000 kilometers between 17 countries, including France and Singapore,” he noted.

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