April 12, 2011
SINGAPORE - April 12, 2011 - The global consortium of telecommunications companies formed to build and operate the South-East Asia Japan Cable (SJC) system officially announces the start of the construction of the project that will link Brunei, China Mainland, Hong Kong, Philippines, Japan, and Singapore, with options to extend to Indonesia and Thailand. The SJC consortium has awarded the supply contract for the new international submarine cable system to two companies. First announced in December 2009, the cable was initially planned to be 8,300 km in length, linking 5 countries / territories. SJC's length is now 8,900 km which could extend up to 10,700 km, linking up to 8 countries / territories while supporting an initial design capacity of over 15 terabits per second.
The SJC consortium is composed of Brunei International Gateway Sendirian Berhad (BIG), China Mobile, China Telecommunications Corporation (China Telecom), China Telecom (Hong Kong) International Ltd. (CTHKI, an Affiliate of China Telecommunications Corporation), Donghwa Telecom Co., Ltd., Globe Telecom, Inc., Google SJC Bermuda Ltd. (a subsidiary of Google Inc.), KDDI Corporation, Singapore Telecommunications Limited (SingTel), PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Telemedia Pacific Inc. (TPI), and TOT Public Co., Ltd. (TOT). With the strength of the investors to the project, the SJC will bring more available bandwidth to Asia to support future applications and next-generation technologies.
Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Chairman of the SJC executive committee, said, "The SJC is carefully designed to serve as many direct circuits between the landing points/POPs and is routed nearer the Northern part of the Philippines, thereby avoiding an area that is frequently stricken by earthquakes. The SJC will enable members of the consortium to meet the growing demands of the region, not just for increased Internet usage, but bandwidth intensive applications such as Internet TV, games and enterprise data exchange."
The SJC consortium signed an agreement with TE SubCom (SubCom) and NEC Corporation (NEC) to supply and install the system based on their decades of combined experience, technology superiority and extensive record of on-time and on-budget project completions. The SJC system is expected to be ready for service in 2H-2013.
"We are very pleased to have the opportunity to participate in the deployment of the SJC system and anticipate that, once completed, SJC will have a significant and measurable impact on bandwidth, enhancing how the entire region interacts and communicates with the rest of the world," said Mike Rieger, vice president of sales for SubCom. "We thank each member of the SJC consortium for their trust and support and look forward to the completion of this landmark project utilizing SubCom's state of the art advanced 40G SLTE and OADM Branching Units."
"We congratulate the purchasers on this occasion and look forward to building the Southeast-Asia Japan Cable System," said Mr. Osamu Harada, General Manager of Submarine Network Division at NEC. "We are very proud that with this new cable, we will be able to contribute to the economies of Asia and its vicinity. NEC will continue to dedicate its strength to the development of telecommunication infrastructure in these and other countries across the globe."
BIG is a joint venture company established in August 2009 and incorporate under the laws of Brunei Darussalam as an investment holding and trading company concentrating mainly on the trading of international telecommunication infrastructure such as submarine cable and so forth. BIG is a licensed carrier in Brunei Darussalam, which owns equipment as well as AAG cable capacity and, in addition also maintains marketing, support, operations, and sales resources in Brunei Darussalam. For further details, please visit www.big.com.bn.
As the leading mobile services provider in China, China Mobile boasts the world's largest mobile network and the world's largest mobile customer base. Now China Mobile is ready to greatly expand the international network and services for the potential fixed broadband Internet users and 3G mobile Internet users in the near future. To learn more, please visit www.chinamobileltd.com.
China Telecom is a full services integrated information service operator and the world's largest wireline telecommunications and broadband services provider, providing basic telecommunications services such as wireline telecommunications services and mobile telecommunications services, and value-added telecommunications services such as Internet access services and information services. As of the end of Dec. 2010, the Company has wireline access lines in service of about 175 million, wireline broadband subscribers of over 63.5 million and mobile subscribers of about 90.5 million. China Telecom has many overseas branches and has set up 27 overseas PoPs. To learn more, please visit www.chinatelecom.com.cn.
As wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom, CTHKI is dedicated to provide customers with top-quality one-stop global business communication solutions and deliver service between Mainland China and Asia Pacific region. CTHKI is undergoing a tremendous business expansion in Hong Kong, Asia Pacific regions and global market. To learn more, please visit www.chinatelecom.com.hk.
Donghwa Telecom is a wholly-owned subsidiary company of Chunghwa Telecom in Hong Kong. Chunghwa is the leading telecom operator in Taiwan providing fixed line, mobile, broadband internet, MOD (Multimedia on Demand) services and ICT services. Chunghwa has presences in Mainland China, Hong Kong, Thailand, Vietnam, U.S., Japan, and Singapore with 40 PoPs in many countries throughout Asia Pacific and United States. For more information, please visit http://www.cht.com.tw/ir.
Globe is a leading full service telecommunications company in the Philippines, serving the needs of consumers and businesses across an entire suite of products and services including mobile, fixed, broadband, data connections, internet and managed services. Globe has major investments in various submarine cable systems. Its principals are Ayala Corporation and Singapore Telecom who are acknowledged industry leaders in the country and in the region. For more information, visit www.globe.com.ph.
Google's innovative search technologies connect millions of people around the world with information every day. Founded in 1998 by Stanford Ph.D. students Larry Page and Sergey Brin, Google is headquartered in Silicon Valley with offices throughout North America, Europe, and Asia. For more information, visit www.google.com.
With more than 30 million subscribers, KDDI is Japan's second-largest mobile operator. Furthermore, together with its subsidiaries, now KDDI is the only Japanese ICT solution company that provides comprehensive services for consumers and corporate clients. With services from fixed to mobile communications and solutions, "TELEHOUSE" data centers and broadcasting, KDDI aims to be a company that creates new styles for customer's lives and corporate activities from local communities to overseas with communication as its base.
NEC Corporation is a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies that benefit businesses and people around the world. By providing a combination of products and solutions that cross utilize the company's experience and global resources, NEC's advanced technologies meet the complex and ever-changing needs of its customers. NEC positions one of the World's top three suppliers in submarine cable systems and provides end-to-end solutions, including manufacturing cables. NEC brings more than 100 years of expertise in technological innovation to empower people, businesses and society. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.
SingTel is Asia's leading communications group providing a portfolio of services including voice and data solutions over fixed, wireless and Internet platforms as well as infocomm technology and pay TV. The Group has presence in Asia and Africa with more than 383 million mobile customers in 25 countries, including Bangladesh, India, Indonesia, Pakistan, the Philippines and Thailand. It also has a network of 36 offices in 19 countries and territories throughout Asia Pacific, Europe and the United States.
Telin is a subsidiary of Telkom Group (the largest telecommunication and network services provider in Indonesia), which established to oversee and manage Telkom Indonesia's overseas business and aims to deliver value to its stakeholders in a highly competitive industry environment. Under business portfolios consisting International Telecommunication Carrier & Services and Strategic Investments, we strive to bring the finest telecommunication services and solutions in today's and tomorrow's competitive business landscape. Telin is committed to bridge the world with Indonesia and beyond thru excellent global communication services. For further information please visit our website: http://www.telin.co.id.
Telemedia Pacific Inc., a wholly-owned subsidiary of Telemedia Pacific Group, is a forward-looking infrastructure provider of communication solutions. The Group develops and manages communication infrastructure including undersea cables, terrestrial fibre networks, remote data and voice VSAT access sites and data centres. For more information, please visit www.telemediapacific.com.
TE SubCom (SubCom), a TE Connectivity Limited company, is an industry pioneer in undersea communications technology and marine services and a leading global supplier for today's undersea communications requirements. Drawing on its heritage of technical innovation and industry recognized performance, the company delivers the most reliable, high-quality solutions to organizations with undersea communications needs vital to their core mission. In more than five decades of operation, TE SubCom has designed, manufactured, and installed more than 100 undersea fiber optic systems around the world. For more information, please visit www.SubCom.com.
TOT Public Company Limited or "TOT" is a leading telecommunications company in Thailand. For over 50 years, TOT has been truly dedicated to provide its services in order to satisfy diverse customer requests with state-of-the-art innovation. As a customer-focused business with its own high-speed internet network and nationwide fiber-optic network, TOT is fully committed to support a broad range of quality services and different applications including voice, data communication, multi-media, content and internet both domestically and internationally. For more information, please visit www.tot.co.th.