Pakistan has successfully joined and commissioned the operation of high speed submarine cable system AAE-1 (Asia-Africa-Europe 1) that connects South East Asia to Europe via Egypt. It is the largest submarine cable to be constructed in almost 15 years, spanning over 25,000 kms.

With a capacity of at least 40 Tbps 5 fibre pairs, the AAE-1 is designed from the outset with 100 Gbps transmission technology, which may be upgraded in future to fulfil increasing bandwidth demand. The completion of AAE-1 will not only provide the primary route of choice but also offers protection and diversity to existing vulnerable and heavily congested routes.


The submarine cable system AAE-1 is an open access network connecting carrier neutral PoPs in Hong Kong, Singapore and France where operators can choose their preferred backhaul providers in the PoPs or at the AAE-1 Cable Stations.

It provides reliable connectivity to gateways in Gulf Countries (Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia and UAE) and South East Asia (Hong Kong, Malaysia and Thailand), to Africa (Djibouti) and critically diverse subsea connectivity to emerging markets in Myanmar, Pakistan, Thailand, Vietnam and Yemen.

PTCL as Member of AAE-1

PTCL provides fixed line telephony services to the nation for the last 70 years and is the largest of Broadband service provider as well. Being Pakistan’s telecommunication backbone, PTCL is already associated with three other international submarine cable consortiums; SMW-3, SMW-4 and IMEWE.

PTCL has joined hands with world leading Telecom Operators including China Unicom, CIL (HyalRoute), Djibouti Telecom, Etisalat, GT5L, Mobily, Omantel, Ooredoo, OTEG, PCCW, Reliance Jio, Retelit, Telecom Egypt, TeleYemen, TOT, Viettel, VNPT and VTC to connect Pakistan to Hong Kong, Vietnam, Cambodia, Thailand, with Malaysia and Singapore, then onwards to Myanmar, India, in the East and Oman, UAE, Qatar, Yemen, Djibouti, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Greece, Italy and France.

Further, PTCL will be able to cater for growing bandwidth requirements of its customers to support live streaming and watching HD content over internet, thus furthering its commitment of building a digitally connected Pakistan. Network diversity is a priority in network planning. It is critical to have more than one route; for continuity of services, for security and for efficiency of the network.

PTCL’s huge investment in the submarine cable system AAE-1 demonstrates its commitment to customers for providing a better quality of service via diverse and redundant routes, which no other operator in Pakistan can match.