Sea-Me-We 5 in Seyne-sur-Mer: talking with an expert…

The landing1 of the brand-new Sea-Me-We 5 submarine cable in Seyne-sur-Mer on March 1st is a great occasion. What are the challenges for customers and the Group? How is this different from other cables? Jean-Luc Vuillemin, Senior Vice President, Orange International Networks Infrastructures & Services, satisfies our curiosity...

The Group’s strategy is to offer customers enhanced broadband connectivity. How does Sea-Me-We 5 contribute to this priority?

JLV: Firstly, remember that 99% of global Internet traffic passes through submarine cables. Therefore, the Orange Group’s involvement in the development of new cables and in the increase in capacity is essential. This allows our customers to enjoy the best of the Internet. For our business customers, it also means the guarantee of having a quality link with very low latency between financial centers in Asia and in Europe.
For which customers and for what types of uses is it intended?

JLV: All Orange customers worldwide will benefit from this new cable, whether they are business users, wholesale customers or the general public, regardless of their location. It should also be noted that the interconnection to Djibouti with other African cables will allow us to serve all of our subsidiaries on the African continent as well as those located specifically in the Indian Ocean.
Moreover, Sea-Me-We 5 will also offer additional security guarantees to us and to our customers, including voice and data traffic through the cables that already link the two continents.

The Sea-Me-We 5 submarine cable

The cable, which is 20,000 km long, will be commissioned in the second half of 2016 (forecast). It links France to Singapore and serves 17 countries.
Through the interconnection with Djibouti, Orange is opening a new artery to the Indian Ocean to support the growth of broadband in Reunion and Mayotte.

Sea-Me-We 5 at the forefront of the latest technological developments

Incorporating the latest wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) technologies and equipped with three pairs of optical fibers, Sea-Me-We 5 will offer an initial capacity of 24 Tbps. This rate corresponds to 24,000 billion pieces of information per second. By way of comparison, this represents three to four times the capacity currently transiting Orange’s core network in France.

Sea-Me-We 5 in figures

A 20,000 km network, 17 countries connected, a consortium of 15 carriers.
1Landing is the connection of the submarine cable to a ground station.