It was commissioned in 2002 and built by Tyco Submarine Systems of the USA with an initial capacity of 10 Gigabits per second, which is upgradeable to 130 Gigabits per second. It has four fiber strands, using Erbium-doped fiber amplifier repeaters and wavelength division multiplexing.
It has a total length of 13,104 kilometres, and is one of a pair of cables — SAT-3/WASC being the other — that provides high-speed digital links between Europe, West and Southern Africa and the Far East. It also provides redundancy for other cables travelling through the Middle East.
It has principal landing points at: