France is the latest country to seek new contracts building smart cities in India. Indian Prime Minister Narendra Modi and French President Francois Hollande will discuss investments in smart cities during Modi’s visit to France this week, Indian media reported. Soon after coming into office last year, Modi announced that his country will develop 100 smart cities using the latest technologies to run municipal services.
Chinese telecom device maker Huawei opened a new research and development organization in Southern France. Located at Sophia Antipolis, this new R&D unit currently has 20 engineers and it will add ten more engineers by the end of 2014. Most of those engineers previous worked for Texas Instruments.
Bangladesh has signed a contract with a consortium to install a second submarine cable that will increase the country’s internet bandwidth by sevenfold. The SEA-ME-WE-5 cable that will connect 15 leading operators in the Asia-Pacific and Europe is expected to be installed in 22 months. “Bangladesh will be one of the consortium members as we signed the contract with an objective to get 1,400 gigabits per second of internet bandwidth for the country,” said Monwar Hossain, managing director of Bangladesh Submarine Cable Company Ltd. The contract was signed on Friday in Kuala Lumpur.
Two huge Internet cable projects, one submarine and one terrestrial, have been recently kicked off and will increase broadband Internet for the Gulf region – and with it Qatar – significantly. The first project is the new Southeast Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) cable that will connect Asia, Africa and Europe and run over 20,000km from Marseille in France and Palermo in Italy to Singapore. Countries connected on the way are Indonesia, Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand, Myanmar, Bangladesh, Sri Lanka, India, Pakistan, the UAE, Oman, Djibouti, Yemen, Saudi Arabia and Egypt.
Alcatel-Lucent has signed a contract with the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) consortium of 15 leading telecom operators to deploy a new 100 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) undersea cable system in a deal valued at several hundred million US dollars. The SEA-ME-WE 5 system will span a 20,000 km-long swath from Singapore to Europe, and will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses.