Pakistan’s first private sector fibre optic cable goes live August 8, 2006Posted by R.S in Connectivity, Pakistan.
On 28 July 2006, Pakistan’s first private sector submarine fibre-optic cable system called Transworld-1 (TW-1) was launched. The aim of this initiative is to offer global end-to-end connectivity solutions through a state-of-the-art network, according to the bandwidth provider.
The aforementioned fibre-optic cable system is the third one for Pakistan, after two similar ones which belong the SEAMEWE series.This development is expected to bring about a vast improvement on the situation last year when between June 27 and July 8 Pakistan’s sole cable link with the outside world was snapped, resulting in an internet breakdown throughout the country.
Transworld Associates Limited — the organisation behind the project — claims that the new cable system has been designed to provide high availability and to ensure minimal error rate, thus empowering the users to enjoy reliable international connectivity.
The 1,250-km-long TW-1 cable system connects Karachi to Fujairah, United Arab Emirates. The segment is installed with a single Power Switched Branching Unit. A branch segment leads to Al Seeb, Sultanate of Oman. In November of 2005, TW-1 cable shore ends were successfully landed by an e-marine cable ship CS Etisalat at Fujairah, UAE, Al Seeb, Sultanate of Oman, and Karachi.