NEC wins Asian submarine cable contract

MARCH 31, 2009 -- The Submarine Cable Asia Network (SCAN) system will span 4,300 km and is expected to be completed by the end of 2011.

MARCH 31, 2009 -- NEC Corp. (search Lightwave for NEC Corp.) has signed a multimillion-dollar full turnkey contract with PT. Fangbian Iskan Corporindo (FIC) and Telemedia Pacific Inc. (TPI) to supply the new intra-Asian Submarine Cable Asia Network (SCAN) system.

The signing ceremony took place at Surabaya recently, overseen by Information and Communications Minister of Indonesia Mohammad Nuh. The cable system will provide the first direct cable link that connects the Indonesian capital of Jakarta and the second largest city of Surabaya to Hong Kong, where it will be further connected to other cable systems reaching around the globe.

The SCAN System will span 4,300 km, with three branching units to support potential future expansion to key ASEAN countries such as Singapore, Vietnam, and the Philippines. This cable will utilize state-of-the-art DWDM systems, with an initial capacity of 40-Gbps transmission speed, upgradeable to 1.92 Tbps.

As an archipelago, Indonesia's domestic telecommunications rely deeply on submarine cables. The new cable system features direct connections from Indonesia to Hong Kong and will expand the reach of communications throughout the region.

"Indonesia has a total population of more than 230 million and our people are steadily progressing into an era of digital transformation. The installation of this new cable system will present greater opportunities to empower the Indonesian people to connect with the global community and further enhance its adoption of digital communications," says Linggar Mulyono, president director of FIC.

"This is the first cable that will link Indonesia directly with Hong Kong, which represents a significant step forward for Indonesian communications. NEC is honored to be participating in this project, which will provide valuable services throughout the region and demonstrate NEC's continuing ability to produce high-quality products and services for this demanding industry," says Akihisa Nakajima, associate senior vice president of NEC Corp.

NEC expects contract related activity to begin during the first half of 2009, and the new cable is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.

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