Huawei Marine has started marine survey work for a new subsea cable that will link Pakistan with Kenya. The first phase of the cable will be 6,800km long. Huawei Marine and Tropic Science are looking to extend it along the African coast to South Africa and along the Red Sea towards Europe, taking it to a possible 13,000km.
The first phase of the cable, called Pakistan East Africa Cable Express (Peace) is due to be ready for service early in the fourth quarter of 2019. It will connect Gwadar and Karachi in Pakistan with three countries – Djibouti, Somalia and Kenya – on the east African coast.
Huawei said that the cable will use 200Gbps DWDM technology and will provide up to 60Tbps design capacity. The system is intended to provide a new information expressway for the interconnection among Asia, Africa and Europe by connecting with the existing land and subsea cables, greatly reducing the route length and latency between China-Africa and China-Europe.
"Huawei Marine has demonstrated its ability to plan and implement complex telecoms infrastructure projects and we believe this system will become an important infrastructure for Asian, African and European inter-continental communications and promote economic development of the regions." He Liehui, chairman of Tropic Science, said.