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Southeast Asia-Japan (SJC) Cable System strengthens connectivity in 7 territories

Singapore, 27 June, 2013 – The SJC Parties, today announced that the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system is now operational. The system, supplied by TE SubCom and NEC Corporation 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.

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 around US$400 million, the SJC cable system consists of 6 fiber pairs with the initial design capacity of 28 Terabits per 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 3 million high-definition videos.

Mr Ooi Seng Keat, spokesperson for the SJC consortium and Singtel’s Vice President, Carrier Services International Business Unit, Group Enterprise said: “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. The SJC is interconnected seamlessly with the latest transpacific cable, and which together will deliver the lowest latency connectivity between Asia and the U.S., 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.

“Equipped with the highest available transmission speed for an undersea cable network, the SJC will be able to carry more bandwidth-intensive applications which can transform the way enterprises and consumers in the region work, live, learn and play. The SJC’s huge bandwidth will be able to meet the capacity needs of future applications and innovative solutions, and spur the development of information and communications technology in the region,” he added.

“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 Mr. 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.”

“We join SJC and NEC in recognizing the completion of this landmark project which we began together in 2011,” said David Coughlan, President, TE SubCom. “As anticipated at the project inception, we believe this system will have a significant effect on how this region interacts and communicates with the rest of the world by connecting key landing sites while also providing the ability to connect other systems.”

The SJC is a global consortium of companies composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG, an affiliate of China Telecommunications Corporation), Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co.,Ltd.), Globe Telecom, Inc., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (Singtel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).