The members of the Southeast Asia – Japan 2  consortium (SJC2 consortium) signed an agreement with NEC Corporation on March 15 to build a high performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan. Ms Linette Lee, Director, Submarine Cable Investments at Singtel's Carrier Services, International Business Unit, Group Enterprise, acts as the Chairperson of the SJC2 consortium. 

The 10,500-kilometre SJC2 submarine cable links eleven cable landing stations in the region and is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020. The SJC2 cable will be built and operated by a global consortium comprising telecommunications and technology companies, including China Mobile International, Chunghwa Telecom, Chuan Wei, Facebook, KDDI, Singtel, SK Broadband and VNPT.

SJC2 cable map
SJC2 cable map

“The construction of SJC2 cable is timely and will provide additional bandwidth between  Southeast and North Asia, whose combined population of more than two billion are driving demand for data as their economies undergo digital transformation,” said Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services at Singtel. “As a new generation multimedia superhighway, the SJC2 can play a pivotal role in facilitating economic cooperation and digital innovation among the countries in this region. The construction of this cable reinforces Singtel’s position as the leading data services provider in the region and strengthens Singapore as a global business and info-communications hub.”

The cable will feature up to eight pairs of high capacity optical fibre with a total capacity of 144 Terabits per second, roughly the equivalent of simultaneously streaming 5.76 million ultra-high definition videos per second. Its high capacity allows it to support the high bandwidth requirements of advanced technologies such as the Internet of Things, robotics, data analytics, artificial intelligence and virtual reality applications. 

Singtel continues to invest strategically in its international connectivity. In April 2017, Singtel and its partners announced the construction of the 9,000-kilometre INDIGO submarine cable connecting Singapore to Perth and Sydney, Australia. Singtel and a consortium of 17 global partners completed the 20,000-kilometre Southeast Asia – Middle East – Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) cable in December 2016.