Tokyo/Singapore, December 2, 2003--SingTel and NEC Corporation today announced respectively the completion of a new submarine optical cable network, named TIS (Thailand - Indonesia - Singapore) Cable Network.The TIS cable network will commence operations for commercial service with immediate effect.

The TIS cable network was constructed by a consortium including CAT Telecom Public Company Ltd. of Thailand, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk of Indonesia and Singapore Telecommunications Limited of Singapore which equally shared an investment of US$32.7 million.  And NEC was awarded the contract to develop and supply the TIS cable system.

The TIS cable network spans 1,100km , linking Songkhla (Thailand), Batam (Indonesia) and Changi (Singapore), can provide customers with enhanced transmission of international broadband traffic.

Upon completion, the TIS cable network is equipped with a capacity of 30 Gbps, upgradeable up to 320Gbit/s


Currently, there are only a few cable networks that connect Indonesia and Thailand to the rest of Asia, and only APCN and SEA-ME-WE 3 link these two countries directly to Singapore. The completion of the TIS cable network will significantly increase the capacity and diversity to Indonesia and Thailand.