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PCCW Global and PEACE Cable International Network Co. Ltd., have announced the completion of the PEACE cable system’s PEACE-MED Mediterranean section, which is now ready to provide a range of high-speed and low-latency connectivity services for international customers.

Frederick Chui, CCO, PCCW Global, said, “Despite the global impact of the COVID-19 pandemic, PEACE-MED’s completion was achieved thanks to the tireless efforts of our delivery teams, assuring that all elements of system planning, design, manufacturing, integration, laying and testing were concluded smoothly. We recognize their contribution, and look forward to welcoming our clients and partners on to the first completed section of the PEACE cable project.”

PEACE-MED, a part of the trunk of the PEACE cable system trunk, is a 3,200km undersea cable that connects Egypt to France, with additional landing points in Cyprus and Malta. The landing in Marseille, France provided by Orange helped form PEACE-MED’s open cable system, which is now fully operational and ready to provide customers with a wide range of telecommunications and data services.

PEACE-MED’s cable landings in Cyprus, Abu Talat, Marseille, and Malta were all completed during the course of 2021, while stub branching units have been reserved for direct landing points in other countries thereby providing additional access options and opportunities for the entire Mediterranean region.

Sun Xiaohua, COO, PEACE Cable International, said, “Announcing the completion of PEACE-MED is an exciting moment for the PEACE cable team as a whole. We are very grateful for the efforts of the entire PEACE-MED delivery team, as well as the efforts of our partners, Orange Marine and PCCW Global, that have enabled us to reach such an important milestone. The successful delivery of PEACE-MED gives us great confidence in the success of the project as a whole, and we look forward to the completion of the entire PEACE system this year, which will contribute to the optimization of a digital ecosystem across the Mediterranean region and achieving our vision of a connected world with our partners."

The high-speed and low-latency PEACE cable system is designed to connect three of the largest and most populous continents in the world - Asia, Africa, and Europe. The PEACE cable, which was laid by the outstanding teams at Orange Marine, represents a collaboration between PEACE Cable International and PCCW Global. The cable system will provide the shortest and most direct data route from Asia to Europe, combined with exceptionally low latency that is vital for people and organizations to efficiently connect through the innovative use of ICT.

The overall PEACE project is the latest new-build submarine cable to link Asia, Africa, and Europe. Deploying a state-of-the-art “system-within-a-system” configuration gives respective parties the necessary flexibility to design their own subsystem with reconfigurable bandwidth for different points over the lifetime of the cable. PEACE’s main trunk lands in France, Egypt, Kenya, and Pakistan while cable extension to Singapore and South Africa is also under consideration.

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