By Telecompaper

The consortium behind the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system have signed a supply contract with NEC for the S1H segment, representing the Thailand-to-Vietnam-and-Hong Kong section. The supply contract has come into force as of 08 October. Stretching about 25,000 kilometres, AAE-1 is scheduled to be ready for service in 2016 as the first high-capacity intercontinental submarine cable to pass through the Songkhla and Satun provinces of southern Thailand.

AAE-1 will be the first high-capacity cable system to link all major South East Asian nations to Africa and Europe via the Middle East. Serving unprecedented growth in Asia-Africa trade, as well as the booming markets of Vietnam and neighbouring countries, this new cable system will deliver robust, reliable and low-latency connectivity. It will also provide desperately needed diversity for the congested subsea systems currently connecting countries along the route.

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