Japan ASEAN US$400 million cable system now operational, option for Thailand to join

Southeast Asia-Japan cable system now operational, with an option for Thailand to join the system. The $400-million Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system linking seven territories is now operational. The system, supplied by TE SubCom and NEC Corporation provides connectivity to key destinations to meet the growing bandwidth requirement in the region and allow for cost effective and resilient connectivity to other submarine cable systems. The SJC cable system is operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies. It links the seven countries or territories of Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand. The SJC is an 8,900-kilometer cable system, which could further extend to 9,700 kilometers. The system consists of 6 fiber pairs with the initial design capacity of 28 Terabits per second to meet bandwidth-intensive applications such as internet TV, online games and enterprise data exchange. The cable’s design capacity can support simultaneous streaming of up to 3 million high-definition videos. “The SJC is interconnected seamlessly with the latest transpacific cable, and which together will deliver the lowest latency connectivity between Asia and the U.S., specifically from Singapore to Los Angeles. As the SJC cable route avoids the earthquake zone in North Asia, it enhances the operators’ network resilience by offering cable diversity and reliability in the event of a cable breakage in other undersea networks,” Ooi Seng Keat, spokesperson for the SJC consortium and SingTel’s Vice President, Carrier Services International Business Unit, Group Enterprise said. He noted the SJC’s huge bandwidth “will be able to meet the capacity needs of future applications and innovative solutions, and spur the development of information and communications technology in the region.” The SJC is a global consortium of companies composed of Globe Telecom, Inc., Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad, China Mobile International Ltd., China Telecommunications Corporation, China Telecom Global Limited, Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (source)


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