Sea-Me-We 5, South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 has awarded a contract worth several hundred million dollars to Alcatel-Lucent to build a 20,000 km (12,427 mile) long undersea cable, with an ultimate design capacity of 24 Terabits per second (Tbit/s). This project follows the new cloud computing trend, with businesses wanting to have their data available wherever, whenever, and at ultra-fast speeds. This cable will be capable of 100 Gigabits per second (Gbit/s) connections.
Alcatel-Lucent will be deploying the segments spanning from Sri Lanka to France, whilst co-contractor NEC, will be deploying the Singapore to Sri Lanka segment. As the video below shows, Alcatel-Lucent will use a robotic plow on the seabed to set cables to a depth of 1500 meters (4,921 feet), working at speeds of 5 to 35 kilometres of cable a day, depending on seabed conditions.