ISLAMABAD - A consortium of nine partners comprising of leading global telecom operators, announced on Friday the completion and commercial launch of a high-capacity, state-of-the-art fibre-optic submarine cable that stretches from India to Europe. The 13,000 kilometres long three pair fibre optic cable, named IMEWE (India-Middle East-Western Europe), has a design capacity of 3.84 terabits per second, and is also most advanced cable connecting India in South Asia to Italy and France in Western Europe via the Middle East, with landing routs in Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt and Lebanon. The IMEWE consortium comprised of nine major telecom companies: Bharti Airtel (India), Etisalat (UAE), France Telecom-Orange (France), OGERO (Lebanon), Pakistan Telecommunication Company Limited (Pakistan), Saudi Telecom Company STC (Saudi Arabia), Telecom Egypt (Egypt), Telecom Italia Sparkle (Italy) and Tata Communications (India). The IMEWE is the third major submarine cable operational between India and Europe after SMW3 and SMW4 and is expected to play a major role in meeting ever growing bandwidth requirement of Indian sub continent and Middle East to Europe and beyond. The IMEWE system would also play a key role in expansion of broadband services among masses in concerned countries. Following the commissioning of IMEWE with a landing station at Karachi, we at PTCL expect to fulfil our mandate of meeting and exceeding the demands of both our corporate and household broadband customers, PTCL President Walid Irshaid said. With the activation and the beginning of operations of IMEWE, all member countries shall witness a new era in communications that will undoubtedly lay the foundations for faster international connectivity for generations to come. The IMEWE system shall also play a major role of providing continuity of service in case of technical problems in other existing major cables on the route.