On 17th Sep 2019, PEACE, PCCW Global, and Orange officially signed their agreement to deploy the new submarine cable - PEACE Med, during the Submarine Networks World international fair currently being held in Singapore. The draft agreement was announced during the Capacity Europe event in November 2018, and the final agreement was signed during this event. This agreement marks the arrival of the first Chinese neutral submarine cable in France.
PEACE refers to Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe, is an open and neutral submarine cable system invested by HENGTONG Optic-Electric, the global information and energy network service provider. Measuring 12,000 kilometres in length, PEACE will link France to Pakistan through a single landing point in the city of Marseille by 2021 using the Europe-Asia route, and the city of Mombasa in Kenya, via a short route towards the Indian Ocean that will ensure optimum latency, and extend to South Africa in the future, reaching 15,000 kilometres totally. Through this agreement, Orange - the leading telecommunications operator in France - will supply and operate the cable landing station in Marseille to link it to one of the city’s major data centres, and to make it a gateway to the European network; and even to the Americas thanks to access to the transatlantic network accessible from France. Orange is the sole French operator in the industry with existing infrastructure and the technical expertise to land this kind of cable in France.
Moreover, Orange has acquired 500Gbps of capacity on the cable between Marseille and Kenya in order to support the growth of traffic in the Indian Ocean for several years. For the French company, PEACE will provide greater route diversity, improved connection security and guaranteed support for increased capacity across all regions in the Indian Ocean zone.
Mr. Wu Qianjun, the Vice president of Hengtong Group and CEO of PEACE, says: “The PEACE project has been progressed very well and the equipment manufacturing has been achieved more than 60%. The system will be ready for service on time based on its schedule. We are confident that PEACE will provide low-cost capacity for those fast-growing regions and enhance the routing diversity in Asia, Africa and Europe”
PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD, founded in 2018 and registered in Hong Kong. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hengtong Optic-Electric, a Global Information and Energy Network Service Provider. PEACE aims to be leading international submarine cable operator.
PEACE submarine cable system, refers to Pakistan & East Africa Connecting Europe, privately owned cable system that provides an open, flexible and carrier-neutral services for its customers. PEACE is targeted for completion in 2021.
Hengtong Optic-Electric is listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange in August 2003, with a market share of 15% of the global market, serving over 130 countries. Hengtong will continue adhering to the vision of “becoming a world-renowned brand and international outstanding enterprise” and making further contributions to the development of global optical communication and power transmission.
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