SubCom Starts Upgrading SJC Submarine Cable System

TE SubCom, a TE Connectivity Ltd. company and an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology, and the SJC Consortium have announced that SubCom, the supplier that will perform the upgrade for SJC, has begun implementation of a network upgrade to the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable submarine cable system.

The upgrade to the 8,986 km system brings an increase of 6.5 Tb/s of capacity utilizing 100 Gb/s transmission equipment to meet the constant growing bandwidth demand in the Asia Pacific region.

“An upgrade of this significance confirms the capacity growth Southeast Asia is experiencing,” said Qian Zhong, managing director, Asia Pacific Sales, TE SubCom. “Equipped with a 6.5 Tb/s increase, the SJC upgrade will set a new benchmark in global data and information connectivity by transforming the way businesses and consumers in the region use bandwidth-intensive programs.”

“We completed the full system construction project in 2013 and are very excited to see it, and our relationship with the SJC consortium, continue to grow,” said John Mitchell, president, TE SubCom. “The Asia Pacific region continues to see a dramatic increase in demand for capacity. TE SubCom is committed to providing the essential bandwidth to enable the region to reliably and affordably interact and communicate with the rest of the world.”

Designed to meet bandwidth-intensive applications such as internet TV, online games and enterprise data exchange, the SJC cable system began service in June 2013 and is operated by a global consortium of telecommunications and technology companies, linking the seven countries or territories of Brunei, mainland China, Hong Kong, Japan, Singapore and the Philippines, including the option to connect with Thailand.

The SJC consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile International Ltd. (CMI), China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom Global Limited (CTG), Donghwa Telecom Co. Ltd (DHT) (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).

Press Release, May 13, 2014; Image: Nec

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