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Bharti Airtel joins SEA-ME-WE-6 undersea cable consortium

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Telecom operator, Bharti Airtel Ltd has announced that it has joined South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 6 (SEA-ME-WE-6) undersea cable consortium, in a bid to scale up its high-speed global network capacity and serve India’s fast-growing digital economy. It shall be anchoring 20 per cent of the overall investment in the cable system. Through SEA-ME-WE-6, Airtel will be able to add 100 TBps capacity to its global network. The telco will land the SEA-ME-WE-6 cable system in India at new landing stations in Mumbai and Chennai. Apart from Airtel, there are 12 other global members in the consortium.

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What is SEA-ME-WE 6?

  • SEA-ME-WE 6 is a proposed optical fibre submarine communications cable system to carry telecommunications between Southeast Asia, the Middle East, and Western Europe.
  • SEA-ME-WE-6 is a 19,200 km network, which will run from Singapore to France.
  • It will have a bandwidth of 120 Tbps
  • The system is scheduled to go LIVE in 2025.
  • Once operational, it will be amongst the largest undersea cable systems globally.

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  • Bharti Airtel CEO: Gopal Vittal;
  • Bharti Airtel Founder: Sunil Bharti Mittal;
  • Bharti Airtel Founded: 7 July 1995.

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