The SJC Parties have announced that the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system is now operational. The system, supplied by TE SubCom and NEC Corporation provides connectivity to key destinations to meet the growing bandwidth requirement in the region and allow for cost effective and resilient connectivity to other submarine cable systems.
Operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies, the SJC cable system links the seven countries/territories of Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to link with Thailand.
The SJC is an 8,900-kilometre cable system, which could further extend to 9,700 kilometres. At a project cost of around US$400 million, the SJC cable system consists of 6 fibre pairs with the initial design capacity of 28 Terabits per second to meet bandwidth-intensive applications such as internet TV, online games and enterprise data exchange.
Mr Ooi Seng Keat, spokesperson for the SJC consortium and SingTel’s Vice President, Carrier Services International Business Unit, Group Enterprise said: “Equipped with the highest available transmission speed for an undersea cable network, the SJC will be able to carry more bandwidth-intensive applications which can transform the way enterprises and consumers in the region work, live, learn and play. The SJC’s huge bandwidth will be able to meet the capacity needs of future applications and innovative solutions, and spur the development of information and communications technology in the region.”
The SJC is a global consortium of companies composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG, an affiliate of China Telecommunications Corporation), Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd. (a subsidiary of Chunghwa Telecom, Co.,Ltd.), Globe Telecom, Inc., Google, KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin a subsidiary of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT).