SLT and SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium complete Subsea Cable System
Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) along with the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium completed 20,000 kilometres of subsea cable infrastructure developed by a 16-nation consortium. This submarine cable system won the Project of the Year - Subsea award at the Global Carrier Awards in Paris for its technological and managerial excellence.
The SEA-ME-WE 5 subsea cable system, spanning over 16 countries from Southeast Asia to Western Europe, will be capable of accommodating the future demand for data from other bandwidth-intensive low latency applications, such as Internet of Things (IoT), enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming.
"The completion of the SEA-ME-WE 5 project is a landmark system upgrade for all data users worldwide. This system facilitates a new age of digital transformation and innovation, catalysing greater economic activities, trade and growth across three continents," noted Linette Lee, Chairperson of the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium Management Committee.
"The gigantic capacity derived through this new cable system will facilitate the exponential growth in demand for data, both locally and internationally, enabling Sri Lanka to leverage on its strategic geographical location. It will definitely accelerate the move towards an inclusive digital economy. Sri Lanka has been given full landing status by the SEA-ME-WE 5 Consortium, which will pave the way to establish a global point of presence in Sri Lanka very soon. This will make the island a ‘preferred destination' in the region for data centre operations," said Dileepa Wijesundera, CEO, SLT Group.