Flag Telecom Group has announced a capacity expansion to key segments of its Europe Asia cable system, which links the telecommunications markets of Western Europe and Japan through the Middle East, India, Southeast Asia and China.
This upgrade will double the system's capacity on key segments from the UK to the Middle East. By applying Dense Wave Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology, Fujitsu Limited, the contractor for this phase of the capacity expansion program, anticipates that its original capacity can ultimately be increased by a factor of eight.
This project is a part of a three-phase capacity expansion program. In the first phase, which has been operational since February, the segments from the UK to Alexandria (Egypt) were upgraded from 10bps to 20Gbps. The second phase is anticipated to upgrade the segments from Alexandria to Fujairah, also from 10Gbps to 20Gbps.
The third phase is expected to upgrade the segments from Fujairah to Hong Kong on an as needed basis. An aggressive plan to implement the first phase of the upgrade within three months was successfully achieved on schedule.
FLAG was established in 1990 consisting of four large submarine and terrestrial cable systems, with a number of Point of Presence (PoP) located in major cities around the world. FLAG Europe-Asia (FEA) has 16 operational landing points in 13 countries, five of which are in the Middle East. Principal shareholders of FLAG are the American Verizon Communications Inc. and Saudi based Dallah Albaraka Group. — (menareport.com)
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