June 23, 2015 (LBO) -Sri Lanka Telecom (SLT) is aggressively pursuing new markets in the region through strategic direction of building international connectivity, a statement said.
SLT says its global coverage was strengthened via multiple undersea optical fibre cable systems: SEA-ME-WE 3, SEA-ME-WE 4, Bharat-Lanka (between India and Sri Lanka) and Dhiraagu (between Maldives and Sri Lanka).
“SLT investments continued to further strengthen the country’s global connectivity as a key strategy devised to support the national objective of making Sri Lanka the “Digital Hub” of the region,” Dileepa Wijesundera, Group CEO of SLT said.
“Also the company has focused on capacities required for future data demand. SLT has become a member of the 20-member international consortium that owns the SEA-ME-WE 5 international undersea cable system and is currently in the process of implementing yet another future proof project to serve the country’s data demand for the next 25 years.”
The company currently, is in the process of implementing unmatched global connectivity project, the SEA-ME-WE 5 international undersea cable system with a total design capacity of 24 Tbps and 100G technology.
This 20,000km cable runs from Singapore and to France in the other corner of the global system via Sri Lanka by connecting to the high-speed undersea cable with 20 parties contributed by investing for the system.
Construction of the cable commenced in September 2014 and is expected to be completed in 2016 and hopes to deliver an increase in communications capacity, which will be available to support growth in Sri Lanka and other member countries.
Furthermore, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable station that is being established in Matara facilitates double landing (full landing connectivity/core system landing/main landing instead previous connections through branch cables to the island), thereby enhancing the reliability of Sri Lanka’s connectivity to the world, the company said.
The company recently upgraded its SEA-ME-WE 4, linking South-East Asia to Western Europe via the Middle East, and the capacity increased three fold that enabled the system to accommodate much higher speeds using 100G technology,
The SEA-ME-WE 4 cable network is owned by a consortium of 17 leading telecom carriers from 15 countries.