Aug 12, 2016 (LBO) - Telecommunications and ICT solutions provider, Sri Lanka Telecom PLC (SLT), says it has gained full landing status of SMW5 Cable Station in Matara. With this, Sri Lanka can offer the region "state-of-the-art global services provided through multiple international undersea cable systems," SLT said in a statement. SLT’s International Backhaul Network consists of three main cable stations in Colombo, Mt Lavinia & Matara connecting to its international backhaul hub at the Welikada SLT premises. "All these stations are well connected by OTN NW on which the transport will be based dedicatedly reserved international connectivity to any cable system runs through Sri Lanka." Through this project, multiple undersea optical fibre cable systems: SEA-ME-WE 5, SEA-ME-WE 4, SEA-ME-WE 3, Bharat-Lanka and Dhiraagu-SLT will be interconnected through a highly reliable and redundant very high capacity Fibre Optic Ring. SLT will connect to the SEA-ME-WE 5 digital fibre optic submarine cable system using 400G technology with 48 Tbps bandwidth capacity with SLT investing over 5.2 billion rupees (USD 40 million) at the initial stage. This is upgradable to serve future demands, SLT said. This submarine cable spans 20,000km which when fully loaded could carry 24,000 Giga bits per second (24 Tbps); the equivalent of transmitting around 4800 high-definition movies every second from Singapore to France. The company will explore global business opportunities and the business impact of this would be the use of the cable system for traffic termination in the country, cross connecting with other cable systems and enhancing capacity. "Exploring such opportunities, SLT identifies the challenge of backhauling traffic through Matara Cable Station and routing through Colombo Cable Station because all other submarine cables systems and domestic operators are based in Colombo." "By considering the growing demand for international bandwidth in the country & exploring new opportunities, establishing scalable mesh protected, WDM international backhaul NW is vital." Backhauling Global Connectivity options have to maintain the highest level of Service Level Agreements (SLA) standards because it transports domestic as well as international traffic. "Therefore, we are capable of providing scalable mesh protection to global operators," SLT said.