The $400-million project of the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system is now operational. The system, supplied by TE SubCom and NEC Corp., provides connectivity to key destinations to meet the growing bandwidth requirement in the region and allow for cost effective and resilient connectivity to other submarine cable systems.
“The SJC system signals a milestone for the seven Asia-Pacific countries in the consortium as it will set a new benchmark in global data and information connectivity,” said Ooi Seng Keat, spokesperson for the SJC consortium and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. (SingTel) vice president for Carrier Services International Business Unit, Group Enterprise.
Operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies, the SJC cable system links the seven countries or territories of Brunei, Mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand.
The SJC is an 8,900-kilometer cable system, which could further extend to 9,700 kilometers.
At a project cost of about $400 million, the SJC cable system consists of six fiber pairs with the initial design capacity of 28 Terabits a second to meet bandwidth-intensive applications such as Internet TV, online games and enterprise data exchange. To illustrate, the cable’s design capacity can support simultaneous streaming of up to three million high-definition videos.
The SJC is interconnected seamlessly with the latest transpacific cable, and which together will deliver the lowest latency connectivity between Asia and the US, specifically from Singapore to Los Angeles.
As the SJC cable route avoids the earthquake zone in North Asia, it enhances the operators’ network resilience by offering cable diversity and reliability in the event of a cable breakage in other undersea networks.
“Today marks a significant milestone for the international telecommunications community to better serve the ever growing demand for more bandwidth in Asia and beyond,” said Shunichiro Tejima, senior vice president at NEC.
“We are pleased to be a part of this important project, and will continue to dedicate our strength to the development of telecommunication infrastructure in these and other countries across the globe,” he added.
The SJC is a global consortium of companies composed of Globe Telecoms Inc., SingTel Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Bhd, China Mobile International Ltd., China Telecommunications Corp. (CTC), China Telecom Global Ltd. (an affiliate of CTC), Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Google, KDDI Corp., PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International and TOT Public Co. Ltd.