Orange partners with PCCW Global and PEACE Cable International for a new submarine cable to connect Europe to Asia via East Africa by 2021

During the Submarine Networks World international fair currently being held in Singapore, Orange, PCCW Global and PEACE officially signed their agreement to deploy the new submarine cable- PEACE Med. The draft agreement was announced during the Capacity Europe event in November 2018, and the final agreement was signed today. This agreement marks the arrival of the first Chinese private 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 (HKT), 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. Orange is a major investor in over 40 submarine cables to date and continues to invest in a great number of projects to offer enriched, high-quality connectivity throughout the world.

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. The objective is also to find alternative routes and to reduce its dependency on the EASSy cable which links Djibouti to South Africa.

Jérôme Barré, Chief Executive Officer, Orange Wholesale and International Networks, says: “For Orange, PEACE is a major investment as it will provide greater route diversity, improved connection security and guaranteed support for increased capacity across all regions in the Indian Ocean zone, particularly Réunion and Mayotte.”

Marc Halbfinger, Chief Executive Officer, PCCW Global, says: “Our collaboration with Orange is a critically important step towards bringing PEACE online and we trust the capabilities and vast experience of their teams in France to provide a successful and timely delivery of the European leg of the project. Orange has vast experience in submarine cable infrastructure development. So we are confident that Orange will not only successfully provide the necessary cable infrastructure in France, but also benefit from being one of the first major users of the PEACE cable to connect important and growing traffic from Africa to Europe.”

Mr. Wu Qianjun, the Vice president of Hengtong and CEO of PEACE, says that: “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.”

About PEACE

PEACE Cable International Network CO., LTD, founded in 2018 and registered in Hong Kong. It is a wholly-owned subsidiary of Hengtong, 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 is listed on Shanghai Stock Exchange in August 2003, HENGTONG Optic-Electric Co., LTD. (SH.600487), with a market share of 15% of the global market, ranking No.2 in China, serves over 30 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.

E-mail: info@peacecable.com
Web: www.peacecable.com
LinkedIn: PEACE CABLE INTERNATIONAL NETWORK CO., LIMITED
Mobil: +86 185 5041 4755
About HKT
HKT (SEHK: 6823) is Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider and leading operator in fixed-line, broadband and mobile communication services. It meets the needs of the Hong Kong public and local and international businesses with a wide range of services including local telephony, local data and broadband, international telecommunications, mobile, and other telecommunications businesses such as customer premises equipment sales, outsourcing, consulting, and contact centres.

HKT offers a unique quadruple-play experience in Hong Kong delivering media content on its fixed-line, broadband Internet access and mobile platforms jointly with its parent company, PCCW Limited.

HKT also provides a range of innovative and smart living services beyond connectivity to make the daily lives of customers more convenient, whether they are at home, in the workplace, or on the go.

About PCCW Global

PCCW Global is the international operating division of HKT, Hong Kong's premier telecommunications service provider, which is majority-owned by PCCW Limited. Covering more than 3,000 cities and 150 countries, the PCCW Global network supports a portfolio of integrated global communications solutions which include Ethernet, IP, fibre and satellite transmission solutions, international voice and VoIPX services, managed network & security services and our expanding “as-a-service” solutions including Console Connect by PCCW Global, Unified Communications and more.

PCCW Global is headquartered in Hong Kong, and maintains regional centres in Australia, Belgium, China, France, Greece, Japan, Korea, Singapore, South Africa, the United Arab Emirates, the United Kingdom and the United States of America. To learn more about PCCW Global, please visit www.pccwglobal.com.

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