PEACE submarine cable in lands in Marseille

Oct. 19, 2021
Orange, acting as the landing party, has announced the landing in Marseille of the PEACE (Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe) submarine cable in France.

Orange, acting as the landing party, has announced the landing in Marseille of the PEACE (Pakistan and East Africa Connecting Europe) submarine cable in France. The service provider also will supply and operate the cable landing station, then link the system to one of the city’s data centers, which is where the submarine line terminal equipment will be located.

The PEACE submarine cable network, as its name implies, will link Asia and East Africa to Europe. Orange has partnered with PCCW Global and PEACE Cable International Network (a wholly owned subsidiary of Hengtong) on the submarine network. The cable design features a “system within a system” configuration that will enable each operator to design its own subsystem with reconfigurable bandwidth for different points over the cable’s lifetime.

Orange says it plans to leverage the PEACE submarine cable to provide connectivity between Marseille and Kenya to provide connectivity to East Africa, especially through La Réunion and Mayotte. The submarine network also will provide an alternative route to that part of Africa.

“We are glad to have successfully completed this operation with our affiliate Orange Marine today who managed the shore-end landing. For Orange, having capacity on PEACE will provide greater route diversity, improved connection security and guaranteed support for increased capacity across all regions in the Indian Ocean zone, particularly La Réunion and Mayotte, especially reducing its dependency on the EASSy cable which links Djibouti to South Africa,” said Jean-Luc Vuillemin, executive vice president of international networks at Orange.

“We are thrilled with the successful execution of Marseille landing, achieving yet another important milestone towards completing the construction of PEACE Cable System. This achievement would not have been possible without the support of Orange, local partners, the local authorities and service providers located in Marseille, looking forward to completing the end-to-end testing and commissioning of PEACE system including Infinera and HMN Tech terminal equipment and launch PEACE system in Q1 2022” added Haitham Zahran, vice president, EMEA subsea cable systems.

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