NEC to build submarine cable for Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium

Global Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) said it has signed an agreement with NEC Corp. (NEC; TSE:6701) to construct a 10,500-km high-performance submaire cable linking Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea, and Japan.

NEC to build submarine cable for Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium
NEC to build submarine cable for Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium

Global Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) said it has signed an agreement with NEC Corp. (NEC; TSE:6701) to construct a 10,500-km high-performance submarine cable linking Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea, and Japan.

The SJC2 undersea cable will feature up to eight fiber pairs of high capacity optical fiber with 144 Tbps of total initial design capacity, the equivalent of streaming 5.76 million ultra-high definition videos per second simultaneously, says SJC2. With the cable's high capacity, it can support high bandwidth intensive demands, including analytics, robotics, the Internet of Things, and artificial or virtual reality applications.

The submarine cable will be operated by SJC2. The consortium comprises telecommunications and technology companies China Mobile International, Chunghwa Telecom, Chuan Wei, Facebook, KDDI, Singtel, SK Broadband, and VNPT. The consortium expects the cable's construction to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.

"NEC is honored to be selected by the SJC2 consortium as the supplier for the most advanced optical fiber submarine cable system, landing at 11 locations across nine countries and regions," said Atsuo Kawamura, NEC's senior vice president, Telecom Carrier business unit. "SJC2 is designed so that once completed, it can carry at least 18 Tbps of capacity per fiber pair. 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."

NEC has also been involved with the construction of SEA-US and RTI Connectivity's Hong Kong Guam (HK-G) Cable System (see "SEA-US submarine cable system deployment begins" and "RTI-C, NEC launch of Hong Kong-Guam submarine cable construction").

The launch of SJC2 comes approximately 18 months after construction finished on the third upgrade to SJC1 (see "TE SubCom completes South-East Asia Japan Cable System upgrade").

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