SEA-ME-WE 3

SEA-ME-WE 3 or South-East Asia - Middle East - Western Europe 3 is an optical submarine telecommunications cable linking those regions and is the longest in the world, completed in late 2000. It is operated by India's Tata Indicom and 92 other investors from the telecom industry. It was commissioned in March 2000 in India.

It is 39,000 km in length and uses Wavelength Division Multiplexing ("WDM") technology to increase capacity and enhance the quality of the signal, especially over long distances (this cable stretches from North Germany to Australia and Japan).

Landing points

It has 39 landing points in:
# Norden, Germany
# Oostende, Belgium
# Goonhilly, England, UK
# Penmarch, France
# Sesimbra, Portugal
# Tetuan, Morocco
# Mazara del Vallo, Italy
# Chania, Greece
# Marmaris, Turkey
# Yeroskipou, Cyprus
# Alexandria, Egypt
# Suez, Egypt
# Jeddah, Saudi Arabia
# Djibouti, Djibouti
# Muscat, Oman
# Fujairah, United Arab Emirates
# Karachi, Pakistan
# Mumbai, India
# Cochin, India
# Mount Lavinia, Sri Lanka
# Pyapon, Myanmar
# Satun, Thailand
# Penang, Malaysia (Where it meets the SAFE and the FLAG cables.)
# Medan, Indonesia
# Tuas, Singapore
# Jakarta, Indonesia
# Perth, Australia
# Mersing, Malaysia
# Tungku, Brunei
# Danang, Vietnam
# Batangas, Philippines
# Taipa, Macau
# Deep Water Bay, Hong Kong
# Shantou, China
# Fengshan, Taiwan
# Toucheng, Taiwan
# Shanghai, China
# Keoje, South Korea
# Okinawa, Japan

ervice disruptions

On the 26 December2006 this link was severed, causing major disruption to internet services to and from the Far East. The cause of this was suspected to be a magnitude 7.1 earthquake off the coast of Taiwan. It was stated that the link would take 3 weeks to repair. cite news | url = http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/world/asia-pacific/6213501.stm | title = Asia phone links start to recover | publisher = BBC News |date= 28 December 2006 ]

On 30 January, 2008 a ship's anchorFact|date=March 2008 off Egypt's Alexandria coast is thought to have cut the newer SEA-ME-WE 4 cable, which is intended to provide redundancy, causing slow Internet connections and disruption to international calls to the U.S. and Europe from the Middle East and South Asia. Over 70 percent of the network in Egypt was down. Although central to India's largest carrier, Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited, the deputy-director general of that organisation said "Only 10 to 15 percent of our connectivity with the international gateway faced problems" [ [http://www.bloomberg.com/apps/news?pid=20601085&sid=a3tADKd_tY3g&refer=europe Bloomberg] ] .

References

* [http://www.smw3.com Data from the official website]


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