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Seven telecom companies to construct submarine cable system linking Southeast Asia and US

September 01, 2014

A consortium of seven global telecommunications companies have entered into an agreement to construct and operate a new submarine cable system that will connect Southeast Asia with the United States. With NEC Corporation as the system supplier, the SEA-US consortium comprises Globe Telecom, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, Telkom USA, GTI Corporation, RAM Telecom International, Teleguam Holdings and Hawaiian Telcom.

The submarine cable system will pass through  Manado (Indonesia), Davao (Philippines), Piti (Guam), Oahu (Hawaii, United States) and Los Angeles (California, United States). The SEA-US project will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length and will provide route diversity from the North Pacific, avoiding earthquake prone areas in the East Asian region.

The project is estimated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016 at an approximate cost of $250 million. The cable system will provide an additional 20 Tbps capacity, connecting Indonesia and the Philippines to the United States with 100G technology. This capacity will cater to the exponential growth of bandwidth demand between both continents.


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