Bifrost Cable System is new trans-pacific cable system connecting Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, the United State (Guam, Gorover Beach, Winema) and Mexico, with its main trunk linking Singapore to the United States over 16,460 km via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.
Bifrost consortium comprises Meta (Facebook), PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), and Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Limited (Keppel T&T).
Keppel T&T, through its wholly owned subsidiary Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. (KMH), participates in the Bifrost consortium as its first direct investment in a subsea cable system, and has acquired a Facilities-Based Operator (FBO) licence issued by the Infocomm Media Development Authority of Singapore (IMDA). The FBO licence allows KMH to own, maintain and operate telecoms infrastructure in Singapore and to provide telecommunications services in connection with the Bifrost cable system. KMH's share of the total project costs as a joint build partner is approximately US$350million (or approximately S$467 million).
KMH has sold Converge ICT Solutions Inc. (Converge) one fiber pair on the main trunk of the Bifrost cable system on IRU-basis for over US$100 million (around PhP 5 billion). Converge acts as the landing party to land the Bifrost cable system in Davao, the Philippines, and is granted an IRU on the entire Davao branch.
The Bifrost cable system is supplied by Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), expected to be completed in Q2, 2024.
The Bifrost cable system is designed with 12 fiber-pair SDM technology and 10.4Tbps/FP, with the following segments