World Internet backbone cables

World Internet backbone cables:


South East Asia–Middle East–Western Europe 4' (SEA-ME-WE 4) is the optical fiber submarine communication  cables laid between Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Bangladesh, India, Sri Lanka, Pakistan, United Arab Emirates, Saudi Arabia, Sudan, Egypt, Italy, Tunisia, Algeria and France.

This cable is approximately 18,800 km in length which is the backbone of Internet between South east Asia ,Europe and Indian subcontinent

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The eighteen month construction project was completed on 13 December 2005 with a cost estimate of US$500 million.

Landing points

  1. Marseille, France
  2.  Annaba, Algeria
  3. Bizerte, Tunisia
  4. Palermo, Italy
  5.  Alexandria, Egypt
  6. Cairo, Egypt (overland)
  7. Suez, Egypt (overland/return)
  8. Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
  9. Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
  10. Karachi, Pakistan
  11. Mumbai, India
  12. Colombo, Sri Lanka
  13. Chennai, India
  14. Cox's Bazar, Bangladesh
  15. Satun, Thailand
  16. Melaka/Malacca, Malaysia
  17. Tuas, Singapore


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Europe India Gateway (EIG) is a submarine communications cable system which is planned to connect the U.K., Portugal, Gibraltar, Monaco, France, Libya, Egypt, Saudi Arabia, Djibouti, Oman, United Arab Emirates, and India.It will be about 15,000 kilometres long.

It will have cable landing points at:

  1. Bude, UK
  2. Sesimbra, Portugal
  3. Gibraltar
  4. Marseille,France
  5. Monaco
  6. Tripoli, Libya
  7. Alexandria, Egypt then overland to Suez, Egypt, then submarine again
  8. Jeddah Saudi Arabia
  9. Djibouti
  10. Muscat, Oman
  11. Fujairah,United Arab Emirates
  12. Mumbai,India

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I-ME-WE (India-Middle East-Western Europe) is a 13,000-kilometre  submarine communications cable system between India and France. The design capacity is 3.84 Terabits per second. The I-ME-WE cable system comprises three optical fibre cable pairs and 2 trunk lines. 

It has cable landing stations at:

  1. Mumbai (India) (two landing sites)
  2. Karachi (Pakistan)
  3. Fujairah (UAE)
  4. Jeddah (Saudi Arabia)
  5. Suez (Egypt)
  6. Alexandria (Egypt)
  7. Tripoli (Lebanon) Note: not Tripoli, Libya
  8. Catania (Italy)
  9. Marseille (France)

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