NEC to build 9,400-kilometer submarine cable to link Asian countries

Kyodo News

Posted at Jun 11 2020 09:58 PM

NEC Corp. said Thursday it will build a 9,400-kilometer submarine cable that will link Japan and several other countries in Asia to meet growing demand for high-speed data connectivity.

The cable featuring multiple optical fibers will connect Japan, China, the Philippines, Thailand, Singapore and Vietnam, said NEC, which was assigned to construct it by the Asia Direct Cable Consortium, comprising major telecommunications companies including SoftBank Corp. and China Telecom Corp.

NEC said the cable, scheduled to be built by the fourth quarter of 2022, will cater to rising demand for high-capacity data transmission driven by such technological advancements as 5G networks and artificial intelligence. It did not disclose the value of the contract with the consortium.

Data traffic has continued to grow across Asia, with more people working online from home due to the novel coronavirus pandemic.

"The ADC system provides the highest cable capacity and necessary diversity for Asia's key information hubs, which will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for a sustainable development," Chang Weiguo, a co-chair of the consortium from China Telecom, said in an NEC statement.