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Submarine cable to connect Southeast Asia

The cable’s high capacity will allow it to support high bandwidth intensive requirements like the IoT, robotics and VR

The SJC2 cable marks a key milestone in Intra-Asian digital collaboration
The SJC2 cable marks a key milestone in Intra-Asian digital collaboration

Global telecommunications and technology company consortium Southeast Asia–Japan 2 (SJC2) has signed an agreement with NEC Corporation to construct a high-performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan.


The 10,500km long cable will land at 11 locations across nine countries and regions.


The cable will feature up to eight fibre pairs of high capacity optical fibre with initial design 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 high bandwidth intensive requirements such as the Internet of Things (IoT), robotics, analytics and artificial or virtual reality applications.


“The construction of SJC2 cable marks a key milestone in intra-Asian digital collaboration,” said Linette Lee, chairperson of the SJC2 consortium.


“The newer and higher capacity cable complements the earlier SJC which was completed in 2013. It is a critical infrastructure to provide seamless connectivity, lower latency and network diversity to enterprises and customers in this economically dynamic part of the world.”


SJC2 is comprised of companies including China Mobile International; Chuan Wei; Chunghwa Telecom; Facebook; KDDI; Singtel; SK Broadband; and VNPT.


“NEC is honoured to be selected by the SJC2 consortium as the supplier for the most advanced optical fibre submarine cable system,” added Atsuo Kawamura, senior vice president, telecom carrier business unit, NEC. The robust and flexible design will enable SJC2 to cope with future changes in capacity demands.”


“SJC2 will provide seamless connectivity and network diversity, while serving to complement other intra-Asia submarine cables, among others, such as the original SJC built in 2013,” he added


Construction of the cable is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.


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