Seamewe 5

South East Asia – Middle East -Western Europe 5


Djibouti Telecom has also signed the construction and maintenance agreement for the South East Asia – Middle East -Western Europe 5 cable (SMW5) on March 7 2014. SMW5 cable lands in Singapore, Malaysia, Indonesia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, Oman, United Arab Emirates, Djibouti, Yemen, Kingdom of Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Italy and France, with 18 cable landing points in 17 countries.

Designed with the latest upgradable 100Gbps technology enabling initial system capacity of 24 Tbps, it will provide the lowest latency, further enhancing the diversity and resilience to the heavily loaded Asia to Europe route.

landing points

• Matara (Sri Lanka) • Al Hudaydah (Yemen) • Catania (Italy) • Djibouti (Djibouti) • Dumai (Indonesia) • Fujairah (UAE) • Karachi (Pakistan) • Abu Talat (Egypt) • Marmaris (Turkey) • Zafarana (Egypt) • Medan (Indonesia) • Melaka (Malaysia) • Ngwe Saung (Myanmar) • Qalhat (Oman) • Toulon (France) • Tuas (Singapore) • Yanbu (Saudi Arabia) • Kuakata (Bangladesh) 


RFS Year 2017 EOS Year 2042 Est. System Cost (USD) $1,000,000,000 Length (km) 20,000 Initial Capacity (Tbps) 24 Design Capacity (Tbps) 24 Fiber Pairs 3 Wavelengths per Fiber 80 Pair Capacity per Wavelength 100


August 2019 – SMW5 consortium and Ciena completed a significant upgrade to the SEA-ME-WE 5 submarine cable system in August 2019, by deploying Ciena’s GeoMesh Extreme which features the 6500 Packet-Optical platform. After the upgrade with Ciena’s coherent 200G DWDM technology, there is about 50% improvement in the SMW5 cable system design capacity, reaching 38Tbps, and 70% reduce of 100G unit cost. Read more here