Construction on the South-East Asia – United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system has officially begun.
A global consortium of telecommunications companies has formed to build and operate the system, which will be the first to connect Indonesia and the United States directly. Built with equipment from NEC Corporation, the US$250 million project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The SEA-US system will link the five areas and territories of Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines, Piti in the territory of Guam, Honolulu in Hawaii, and Los Angeles, California, in the US. Approximately 15,000km in length, the system will follow a unique route and has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake prone areas in East Asia, thereby providing a strategic diversity in the range of connectivity to transpacific networks with ensured stable connectivity.
The cable system will provide an initial 20 terabit per second (Tb/s) capacity, with state-of-the-art 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) technology. This capacity will help to meet the exponentially growing demand for bandwidth between Southeast Asia and North America in unparalleled performance, especially for those two ASEAN countries. With further connectivity using existing and planned submarine cable systems in the region, other countries such as Singapore, Malaysia, Brunei, Papua New Guinea, and Australia can enjoy the benefit of the system.
The SEA-US consortium consists of PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.
Syarif Syarial Ahmad, President Director of Telin, stated: “This cable construction is one of the biggest milestones for Indonesia’s rapid growth in communications, and it demonstrates Telin’s commitment to providing Indonesia consumers with state of the art global infrastructure development. Our objective is now closer with SEA-US given that it is the first cable system with direct connection from Indonesia to USA, where most of the Internet’s content is sourced.”
The frequent use of high bandwidth internet in Indonesia is ranging from business, where video conferencing is highly utilised in many offices, as well as entertainment, where video and TV streaming have become popular in the everyday lives of Indonesians.
Gil Genio, Globe Telecom Executive Vice President and Chief Operating Officer, noted: “The SEA-US project will enable Globe to play a major role in providing superior connectivity for consumers and businesses in the Philippines to connect to the U.S. Our link-up with the SEA-US cable system will serve the exponential growth of mobile Internet use in our country, enabling the Filipino digital lifestyle and wonderful experience for our customers and businesses.”