Super Sea Cable Networks launches SEAX cable in Singapore
20 October 2016 | James Pearce
A new submarine cable system has been launched that will connect Singapore to the US via Guam.
The first phase will see Singapore connected with Malaysia and Indonesia, drawing traffic from the region towards Singapore and out to the rest of the world.
The second phase will see the cable system linked to the US through the Micronesia region of the Pacific, running through Guam. According to SEAX, this means the system will provide a path avoiding the earthquake-prone and heavy shipping area in the South China Sea.
Phase three will connect Asian countries including Bangladesh, Myanmar, Thailand, Malaysia and Indonesia, with Singapore acting as a transit hub to the rest of the world.
“With SEAX’s submarine cable system network, we believe we could be able to draw transit traffic from the Middle East as well as to the region and to provide them a reach into the emerging markets,” the company said in the press release.
The 250km undersea fibre-optic cable comprises of high-speed, large capacity, 24-fibre pair of undersea fibre-optic cables and will be constructed by Huawei Marine, but fully owned by Super Sea Cable Networks.
Speaking at the official launch, which took place on 18 October, Speaker of Parliament Halimah Yacob said broadband access was necessary for people to benefit from economic opportunities and stay connected with each other in the modern world.
“The introduction of submarine cables into isolated and third-world country locations has reduced the cost of communication access and stimulated increased economic growth,” Halimah said.