PEACE Cable to Extend to Singapore

OOREDOO MALDIVES PLC and PEACE Cable jointly announce connection of the Maldives to the Singapore extension of PEACE Cable.PEACE Press Release
March 2, 2022

Hong Kong – OOREDOO MALDIVES PLC and PEACE Cable International Network Co., Ltd (PEACE Cable). jointly announce to bring transcontinental international bandwidth to Maldives, connecting Maldives to the Singapore extension of PEACE Cable System which links Asia, Africa and Europe.

The Singapore section of PEACE will have a total length of 6,500km, in addition to Singapore and Maldives, it is proposed to land in countries such as Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, etc. When complete, the entire PEACE system will cover a population of over 2 billion and become an intercontinental submarine cable linking Asia-Africa-Europe, with a total length of over 25,000 km.

After the extension, PEACE will be able to provide a direct route from Singapore to France, enabling direct interconnection from East Asia to Europe. And it will also open up the information channel from Singapore to South Africa via Kenya, with ultra-low latency, making PEACE the only direct, low-latency submarine network in the world on this route.

The construction of the Singapore extension will also enrich PEACE routing products and enhance the overall capability. Singapore, as one of the global exchange nodes for communications services, is the hub of the submarine networks for connections from East Asia to South Asia, Persian Gulf, Mediterranean, and Europe regions. This will make it easier for PEACE to integrate into the global network, increase the flexibility and provide more opportunities for future long-term operations.

Ooredoo, a leading telecommunication operator in Maldives, will cooperate with PEACE Cable to connect Maldives with Singapore and Europe via a new branch between Kulhudhufushi and the trunk of PEACE Singapore extension. PEACE Cable and Ooredoo had already entered into an agreement in Dec. 2021 to jointly bring transcontinental capacity to Maldives, accelerating a truly “Digital Maldives”, with more diversified digital connection options and better communication performance to enpower 5G capabilities in this region. PEACE is expected to land at Kulhudhufushi in 2023, connecting Maldives to Southeast Asia and Europe.

Considering that the current submarine cables connecting Maldives only go to Sri Lanka and India, the access of PEACE will bring world-class traffic routes to Maldives for the first time, thus providing network operators and ISP regional customers with convenient, flexible, high-quality, neutral and sufficient bandwidth services that can benefit local businesses and residents, as well as providing a huge strategic opportunity for Maldives to have more Internet capacity and better resilience to boost its digital economy development.

PEACE Cable System, the high-speed, open cable system, will offer high capacity, low-latency routes connecting Asia, Europe and Africa. The system design adopts the latest 200G technology and WSS technology, which provides the capability to transmit up to 192Tbit/s. Its main trunk lands in Singapore, Pakistan, Kenya, Egypt and France. PEACE Mediterranean segment, which landed in Marseille, Malta, Cyprus and Egypt, has already been put into commercial use. Besides, its overall delivery covering the Singapore extension will be RFS by the end of 2023, which will make PEACE as the earliest new-build submarine cable delivering on the Asia-Africa-Europe route.

Mr. Khalid Al-Hamadi, Managing Director & Chief Executive Officer of Ooredoo Maldives, says: “The establishment of PEACE Cable in the Maldives, connecting Kulhudhuffushi City to Singapore and Europe is an important step towards accommodating the rapid digital transformation taking place in the country. With the successful landing of the PEACE Cable, the North of Maldives will become a gateway to the East and West, open up opportunities for Hyperscalers and Managed Services, create new jobs, develop skill sets and endless opportunities that will contribute immensely to the digital economy of the Maldives.”

Mr Sun Xiaohua, Chief Operating Officer of PEACE Cable, says:” Connecting PEACE to Singapore is a strategically important decision, which will bring more possibilities for future development of the PEACE network and we look forward to discovering new investment opportunities in this market. Meanwhile, we are thrilled to work with our excellent partner Ooredoo to optimize Maldives' digital transformation. It is a great privilege to be witnessing the advent of the digital age in Maldives and PEACE Cable will continue to deliver high-quality, high-speed services, bringing professional world-class bandwidth to enrich the Maldives' digital options.”

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About OOREDOO MALDIVES PLC

Ooredoo Maldives provides an innovative range of voice, data, broadband, content and enterprise services tailored to the growing needs of today’s consumers and businesses. Guided by its vision of enriching people’s lives and its belief that it can stimulate human growth by leveraging communications to help people achieve their full potential, Ooredoo has transformed the digital lives of communities across the Maldives.

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About PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD

PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD, founded in 2018 and registered in Hong Kong, aims to be a leading international submarine cable system operator. PEACE submarine cable system, connecting Asia, Africa and Europe, provides an open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customers, targeting for completion in 2022. When completed, the high-speed PEACE cable system will offer the shortest routes from China to Europe and to Africa, interconnecting three of the world's most populous continents whilst at the same time dramatically reducing latency, delivering a superior connectivity experience, which definitely will be an ideal choice for numerous international enterprises and applications.

To learn more about PEACE, please visit www.peacecable.com