Mitsubishi Electric upgrades IMEWE submarine cable system network to meet network demand from India-Middle East-Western Europe
Mitsubishi Electric announced today that it has completed work on the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) Cable Network to upgrade the submarine cable network with 40 gigabits per second (Gbps) dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. The upgrade involved installation of submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries. The IMEWE Cable System, which was commissioned in 2010 as a 10 Gbps DWDM system, is an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system which links India to Europe via the Middle East. The cable system comprises three optical fiber cable pairs with two fiber pairs on an express path, as well as a terrestrial link connecting the cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt.
Network demand in these areas is expected to grow rapidly in line with economic development in India and the Middle East. To meet this demand, the IMEWE Consortium had decided to upgrade the cable system by deploying 40 Gbps/wave technology and Mitsubishi Electric was awarded the contract for this upgrade. The technology will result in enhancing the network capacity to a maximum of 3.2 terabits per second or more per fiber by adding more 40 Gbps submarine line terminal equipment.