PCCW Global, Orange and PEACE to Connect Europe to Asia by 2021

PCCW Global, Orange and PEACE Cable International today signed an agreement during the Submarine Networks World event in Singapore to deploy the Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe (PEACE) submarine cable system, with an ultra-low latency high-speed cable system that will relieve critical congestion on one of the busiest data routes in the world.

This trilateral agreement follows the signature of a memorandum of understanding that was announced during the Capacity Europe international telecommunications event in November 2018 in London. Orange will supply and operate the cable landing station in Marseille, and will link the system to one of the city’s major data centers creating a connectivity gateway across Europe and on to the Americas through existing transatlantic networks.

When complete in 2021, the PEACE cable system will provide the shortest and most direct data route from North Asia to Europe, combined with exceptionally low latency which is vitally important for a wide array of commercial and consumer applications.

The backbone of the project will interconnect Pakistan, Djibouti, Egypt, Kenya and France, providing critical interconnections to key Asian, European, and African economic corridors, with additional planned landing points and extensions.