India’s Videsh Sanchar Nigam Ltd (VSNL) has signed a Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) with global telecom service providers including Etisalat, Saudi Telecom Company, Telecom Egypt and Telecom Italia Sparkle for the construction of a new submarine cable system linking the country with Europe, Africa, Asia and the Middle East. The India, Middle East and Western Europe (I-ME-WE) cable system will be ready for service by mid-2008, VSNL said, with construction contracts expected to be awarded by the end of the year. The cable will be based on Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology, with a proposed design capacity of at least 2.56 terabits per-second. VSNL did not disclose the financial details of the project.
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