Singtel says the Southeast Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) undersea cable reinforces Singapore's position as a "global business and info communications hub", after landing in Tuas.
In a statement, Bill Chang, chief executive officer, Group Enterprise at Singtel, spoke enthusiastically about the potential of the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable, which Singtel hopes will be up and running by the end of the year.
Spanning some 20,000km, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable's design capacity is 24 Terabits per second on 3-fibre pairs. Singtel claims the cable's advanced 100Gbps technology will allow it to meet the quadrupling of bandwidth demand between Europe and Asia from 2016 to 2021.
The telco also claims the cable has the lowest latency for internet traffic between Southeast Asia and Europe. To back up its claim, it said it can allow 4,800 high-definition movies to be downloaded per second.
As such, it is fully capable of accommodating the future demand of data from other bandwidth-intensive applications such as enterprise data exchange, internet TV and online gaming, Singtel suggested.
"As a multi-regional data superhighway, the SEA-ME-WE 5 cable provides a sevenfold capacity increase along the corridor connecting Southeast Asia, the Middle East and Western Europe," Chang said in the official release.
"It will further boost the digital economy as it is ready to meet the anticipated data traffic of emerging technologies such as the Internet of Things, analytics and cloud services.
"With our data centres in Singapore, our global customers can gain access to an enhanced network for managed services and cyber security solutions. The SEA-ME-WE 5 cable is a significant communications backbone that reinforces Singapore's position as a global business and infocommunications hub."
The undersea cable links 17 countries from France to Indonesia, providing an additional layer of network diversity and resilience, augmenting existing data networks on the busy Asia to Europe route.