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New Asia-Pacific submarine cable to be built by Japan’s NEC

The ADC underseas cable will connect and serve China, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.


The Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium has appointed Japanese electronics / information technology company NEC, to build a new 9,400-kilometre submarine cable that will connect China’s Guangdong province, Hong Kong, Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand, and Vietnam.

The new underseas cable is designed to carry 140Tbps of traffic, enabling data transmission between Japan, China and Southeast Asia and is scheduled for completion in the fourth quarter of 2022.

The ADC Consortium includes members from across Asia including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT, Singtel, SoftBank, Tata Communications, and Viettel.

Chang Weiguo, a representative of China Telecom and an ADC co-chair said that, "The ADC system provides the highest cable capacity and necessary diversity for Asia's key information hubs, which will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for a sustainable development."


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The route map for the Southeast Asia Japan 2 (SJC2) underseas cable network

In addition to the new ADC underseas cable, NEC was also contracted with building the 144Tbps Southeast Asia Japan 2 cable (SJC2) in May 2018. The SJC2 underseas cable will cover 10,500km cable and is expected to be completed in the first half of 2021. It will be made up of eight pairs of optical fiber cables and connect nine countries – Cambodia, China, Hong Kong, Japan Singapore, South Korea, Taiwan, Thailand and Vietnam.

Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President of Singtel discussed the ADC and said, "The Asia Direct Cable we're building will meet the rapidly growing demand for high-speed connectivity for advanced technologies such as 5G, IoT-related services, and high-definition video in the economically dynamic regions of East and Southeast Asia."

He added that, "The new cable will enhance our infrastructure and also our ability to harness new technologies for future growth. Together with the Southeast Asia Japan Cable 2 system to be completed next year, the Asia Direct Cable will boost diversity and resilience of our global network."




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