The subsea route between southern Europe and the Far East now has a whole lot more bandwidth to work with. The Asia-Africa-Europe-1 consortium today announced that the AAE-1 cable system has entered service.
AAE-1 has a wide range of endpoints to go with its 17 consortium members. In Europe it comes ashore near Marseilles, in Bari, and in Greece on the island of Crete. In Africa it passes through Egypt and Djibouti. In the Middle East it hooks up Saudi Arabia, Oman, the UAE, and Qatar. In southern Asia it connects both Pakistan and India, and in the far east lands in Myanmar, Cambodia, Thailand, Malaysia, Singapore, Vietnam, and of course Hong Kong, China. I"m not sure every one of those landing stations is online already, given the length of the list.
AAE-1 brings 5 fiber pairs carrying an initial 40Tbps of bandwidth to the table, supplementing the various other cables that pass along similar routes between Europe and Asia.