15 March 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
Singtel is building a new submarine cable system linking Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan.
The project is a partnership
between Singtel, the members of the Southeast Asia –
Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) and the NEC Corporation, and will see
the 10,500-kilometre submarine cable connect at eleven cable
landing stations in the region.
The SJC2 cable is due to be completed by the fourth quarter
of 2020 and will be built and operated by a global consortium
of telecoms tech companies, including: China Mobile
International, Chunghwa Telecom, Chuan Wei, Facebook, KDDI,
Singtel, SK Broadband and VNPT.
"The construction of SJC2 cable is timely and will provide
additional bandwidth between Southeast and North Asia, whose
combined population of more than two billion are driving demand
for data as their economies undergo digital transformation,"
said Ooi Seng Keat, vice president of carrier services at
Singtel. "As a new generation multimedia superhighway, the SJC2
can play a pivotal role in facilitating economic cooperation
and digital innovation among the countries in this region. The
construction of this cable reinforces Singtel’s
position as the leading data services provider in the region
and strengthens Singapore as a global business and
The cable will have eight pairs of high capacity optical
fibre with a total capacity of 144Tbps allowing to to support
advanced technologies such as the IoT, robotics, data
analytics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality
Earlier this year Singtel partnered with Ericsson to
demonstrate speeds of 1Gbps on its 4G mobile network. The
Singapore operator plans to offer this new service later this
year focussing on key high-traffic locations, but the speed
will be available only on certain handsets.
Southeast Asia – Japan 2 consortium,
China Mobile International,