NEC finalises contract for Palau Cable 2 subsea cable

NEC finalises contract for Palau Cable 2 subsea cable

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NEC Corporation has signed a contract with the National Submarine Cable Utility Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) of the Palau Republic (Palau) for the Palau Cable 2 (PC2) subsea cable project.

Spanning 110km in length and due for completion by the end of 2022, PC2 will connect the island of Palau with a high capacity subsea cable that connects Southeast Asia and the US mainland.

PC2 with deploy a optical wavelength multiplexing transmission system of 100Gbps, and bring much-needed redundancy to Palau's existing subsea network. In addition, it will deliver highly reliable communications and responds meet the increasing need for communications infrastructure in Palau.

This project is being financed under a buyer’s credit loan agreement by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with BSCC. The loan portion from SMBC is insured by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI). Additional financing is also being provided by the United States Government and the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).

In related news, December saw NTT and NEC partner to compete with US-based internet giants in future wireless and optical networks.

The two plan to collaborate on open radio access networks (open RAN or O RAN) and photonic networks to improve the performance of today’s wireless and fibre services.

Most recently, NEC completed the installation of the Chennai-Andaman & Nicobar Islands Cable for BSNL.

NEC India manufactured the fibre optic cable and provided technical assistance during the turnkey implementation. Spanning 2,300km in length with 100Gbps optical waves, the system connects Chennai to Port Blair and the islands of Havelock, Little Andaman (Hutbay), Car Nicobar, Kamorta, the Great Nicobar Islands, Long Island and Rangat.

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