Telstra International announced the partnership with Trans Pacific Networks (TPN) on the Echo cable, the first subsea cable to directly connect the US to Singapore, creating a new route and delivering vital connectivity in the Trans-Pacific.

The Echo subsea cable system is a unique express route connecting California, Guam, Jakarta, and Singapore. The system creates a new path and offers low latency, high-speed, resilient network infrastructure connecting South Asia to the US.

The first segment of the Echo cable system (Guam-California) will launch in mid-2024, with the remaining segments in 2025.

Telstra will become TPN's operating partner to provide secure, long-term stability on an efficient route. In addition, Telstra will be delivering cable landing station services for Echo in Singapore and the Network Operations Centre services. XL Axiata is landing the cable in Indonesia.

“To be partially funded by the US International Development Finance Corporation, the Echo subsea cable system will be a critical element of the Indo-Pacific's digital infrastructure, ultimately strengthening networks and increasing capacity while reducing internet costs in the region," said Aaron Knapik, CFO TPN.

Back to the 2019 Indo-Pacific Business Forum held on November 4, 2019 in Bangkok, Thailand, TPN announced to build the first subsea route directly connecting Singapore, Indonesia, and the U.S., with funding support by the then Overseas Private Investment Corporation (OPIC), the U.S. Government’s development finance institution. The OPIC has restructured into the U.S. International Development Finance Corporation (DFC).

According to the DFC public information, DFC has granted Trans Pacific Networks Cayman Co. a DFC loan up to $190,000,000 with a 10-year amortization period with final repayment no later than November 1, 2033.