According to Chinese news, China Unicom, the nation’s second largest mobile and fixed network operator, launched on Friday the China-Myanmar International (CMI) terrestrial cable system. The CMI terrestrial cable spans 1500 km from Ruili in the southwest China to Ngwe Saung Beach in the Irrawaddy Delta of Myanmar. A launching ceremony was held at the same time in Nanning, the capital city of Guangxi Zhuang Autonomous Region in China, and Naypyidaw, the capital of Myanmar, with a live HD Video Conference running over the CMI cable system.

The CMI cable system is wholly invested by China Unicom in a closed partnership with Myanmar Posts and Telecommunications (MPT), spanning 1500 km, hooking up Ruili in China and Ngwe Saung in Myanmar, running across Mandalay, Naypyidaw and Yangon in Myanmar. The CMI cable system is design with 80x10Gbps technology. The total cost of CMI cable system is about $50 million.

In this week, China’s Prime Minister Li Keqiang visited Myanmar for the 25th ASEAN Summit in Naypyitaw November 13, 2014. Li proposed a friendship treaty with Southeast Asian countries and offered ASEAN countries $20 billion in preferential and special loans to develop infrastructure, according to Reuters

The launch of CMI cable system shows a closed partnership between China Unicom and MPT.

The CMI terrestrial cable will seamlessly connect with SMW5 and AAE-1 submarine cable systems which are under construction and planned to land at Ngwe Saung. The cable projects which will enable Myanmar not only sufficient bandwidth but also diverse cable routes to boost its international internet connectivity.

Connecting CMI with AAE-1 and SMW5

Linking the CMI cable westward with SMW3, SMW5, AAE-1 in Myanmar and northeastward with optical fiber backbone in China and then onward to Japan, Korea and the US, it will offer a much shorter cable route for the Southwest Asia countries to reach East Asia countries and the US, at least 3000 km (or equivalently 30 ms) shorter than the traditional submarine cable routes via Singapore, according to China Unicom.

The launch of CMI cable system also represents an immediate success for strengthening all-round construction of infrastructure and connectivity among Asian countries, proposed by China’s President Xi Jinping at the 22nd APEC Economic Leaders' Summit held in Beijing last week.