Singtel to build submarine cable connecting Southeast and North AsiaStaff Writer | March 20, 2018
Singtel and the members of the Southeast Asia – Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) signed an agreement with NEC Corporation to build a high performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan.
Technology Southeast Asia – Japan 2
The SJC2 will be built and operated by a global consortium comprising telecommunications and technology companies, including China Mobile International, Chunghwa Telecom, Chuan Wei, Facebook, KDDI, Singtel, SK Broadband and VNPT.
The cable will feature up to eight pairs of high capacity optical fibre with a total capacity of 144 Terabits per second, roughly the equivalent of simultaneously streaming 5.76 million ultra-high definition videos per second.
Its high capacity allows it to support the high bandwidth requirements of advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things, robotics, data analytics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality applications.
Singtel continues to invest strategically in its international connectivity. In April 2017, Singtel and its partners announced the construction of the 9,000-kilometre INDIGO submarine cable connecting Singapore to Perth and Sydney, Australia.
Singtel and a consortium of 17 global partners completed the 20,000-kilometre Southeast Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) cable in December 2016. ■