10 July 2018
| Natalie Bannerman
NEC Corporation has signed an agreement to build the new Bay to Bay Express Cable System (BtoBE) for a consortium comprised of China Mobile International (CMI), Facebook and Amazon Web Services (AWS).
The 16,000-km optical high-speed cable will link
Singapore, Hong Kong and the United States and is expected to
be completed by Q4 of 2020. Once completed BtoBE will have
multiple fibre pairs enabling high-capacity transmission of
data across the Pacific Ocean with round trip latency of less
than 130 milliseconds.
"NEC is honoured to be selected by the BtoBE consortium as
the turn-key system supplier for this world record-breaking
optical fibre submarine cable system that covers the longest
distance without regeneration, said Toru Kawauchi, general
manager of the submarine network division at NEC Corporation.
"The BtoBE, landing at three locations spanning across the
Pacific Ocean, is designed so that once completed, it can carry
at least 18Tbs of capacity per fibre pair. The BtoBE will
provide seamless connectivity and network diversity, while
serving to complement other Asia-Pacific submarine cables,
BtoBE will further enhance and contribute meeting the need
for expanded communications networks between Guangdong-Hong
Kong-Macao Bay Area, San Francisco Bay Area and Singapore. The
cable will be built with advanced optical submarine
transmission equipment, improving network redundancy,
flexibility and ensuring highly reliable communications.
BtoBE is the first submarine cable directly linking the
United States and Singapore and CMI fibre on BtoBE will be
linked to its Southeast Asia-Japan 2 submarine cable. In
addition, the BtoBE cable system will connect to
CMI’s three international data centres in Hong
Kong, Singapore and the US.