Mitsubishi Electric Upgrades IMEWE Submarine Cable System between India, Middle East and Western Europe in Record Time

  Mitsubishi Electric Upgrades IMEWE Submarine Cable System between India,
  Middle East and Western Europe in Record Time

Business Wire

TOKYO -- November 06, 2012

Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) announced today that it has
completed work on the India-Middle East-Western Europe (IMEWE) ^ Cable Network
to upgrade the submarine cable network with 40 gigabits per second (Gbps)
dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology. The upgrade involved
installation of submarine line terminal equipment in eight countries.

The IMEWE Cable System, which was commissioned in 2010 as a 10 Gbps DWDM
system, is an ultra high capacity fiber optic submarine cable system which
links India to Europe via the Middle East. This cable network system with a
total length of approximately 12,091 kilometers is complemented with 10
terminal stations owned by a consortium of nine leading telecom carriers in
eight countries: India, Pakistan, UAE, Saudi Arabia, Egypt, Lebanon, Italy and
France. The cable system comprises three optical fiber cable pairs with two
fiber pairs on an express path, as well as a terrestrial link connecting the
cities of Alexandria and Suez in Egypt.

Network demand in these areas is expected to grow rapidly in line with
economic development in India and the Middle East. To meet this demand, the
IMEWE Consortium had decided to upgrade the cable system by deploying 40
Gbps/wave technology and Mitsubishi Electric was awarded the contract for this
upgrade. Mitsubishi Electric has incorporated cutting-edge forward error
correction and high-speed coherent^[1] technologies to terminal equipment,
boosting transmission capacity. The technology will result in enhancing the
network capacity to a maximum of 3.2 terabits per second or more per fiber by
adding more 40 Gbps submarine line terminal equipment.

"Mitsubishi Electric has carried out assigned upgrade work of the IMEWE system
in an extremely professional way. IMEWE parties are very happy and satisfied
with the completion of upgrade work executed by Mitsubishi Electric in about 7
months which is a record for consortium cables. This timely completion of
upgrade shall go a long way in meeting the ever growing bandwidth demand of
countries landing the IMEWE system," said Mr KP Tiwari, Chairperson,
Management Committee, IMEWE.

"We are very pleased to have completed the IMEWE Cable Network capacity
upgrade, thereby delivering added quality and reliability in response to our
customers' high evaluation of our technical strengths," said Masahiro
Tsukamoto, General Manager of Mitsubishi Electric's Telecommunication Global
Business Department. "Our technical strengths have become highly acclaimed
worldwide, as evidenced by additional orders we have received for work on
transoceanic cable networks, including the transatlantic TAT-14 and the
transpacific Asia America Gateway (AAG). Now, we would like to thank the nine
IMEWE parties for their support in achieving the IMEWE upgrade, and we look
forward to continuing to provide our customers enhanced network speed and

Mitsubishi Electric has been a leader in submarine cable systems ever since
supplying the world's first 5 Gbps optically amplified repeaters for a
transpacific cable in 1994. In 1999, the company supplied the world's first 10
Gbps transmission technology for a transoceanic network, an order comprising
10 Gbps optically amplified repeaters and submarine line terminal equipment.
Since 2004, the company has performed upgrades for numerous undersea cable

^[1] Development of this technology is in part supported by the R&D on High
Speed Optical Transport System Technologies project of the Ministry of
Internal Affairs and Communications (MIC) of Japan.

About the IMEWE Cable System

The nine IMEWE parties which have contracted for the upgrade and are co-owners
of IMEWE system are Bharti Airtel Ltd., Emirates Telecommunications
Corporation, France Telecom, OGERO Telecom, Pakistan Telecommunications
Company Limited, Saudi Telecom Company, TATA Communications Limited, Telecom
Egypt, and Telecom Italia SPARKLE S.p.A.

About Mitsubishi Electric

With over 90 years of experience in providing reliable, high-quality products,
Mitsubishi Electric Corporation (TOKYO: 6503) is a recognized world leader in
the manufacture, marketing and sales of electrical and electronic equipment
used in information processing and communications, space development and
satellite communications, consumer electronics, industrial technology, energy,
transportation and building equipment. Embracing the spirit of its corporate
statement, Changes for the Better, and its environmental statement, Eco
Changes, Mitsubishi Electric endeavors to be a global, leading green company,
enriching society with technology. The company recorded consolidated group
sales of 3,639.4 billion yen (US$ 44.4 billion*) in the fiscal year ended
March 31, 2012. For more information visit
*At an exchange rate of 82 yen to the US dollar, the rate given by the Tokyo
Foreign Exchange Market on March 31, 2012


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