OLL and NEC to build MIST cable across Singapore, Malaysia, Thailand and India

Orient Link (OLL) and NEC Corporation have signed an agreement to build a MIST submarine cable system to directly connect Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and India.

The system will span 8,100 kilometers and will deliver more than 216 terabits per second.

“Globally, India and Southeast Asia are among the world’s fastest-growing economies,” said Yoshio Sato, the CEO of OLL.

The Asia region has experienced accelerated digital investment driven by data center growth, mobile penetration, 5G expansion and the rise of cloud services.

“I am very pleased to announce the launch of MIST, providing a truly connected India to our clients around the world, delivering high-quality, low-latency networks to the people in India as the nation charges forward with its digital transformation roadmap,” added Mr. Sato.

Data consumption by half a billion digital users is reaching unprecedented levels and cloud adoption is surging in India, contributing to an increasing amount of data traffic across submarine cables and demand for interconnected data centers.

“Not only will MIST respond to the growing demands for data center interconnectivity across countries in the Southeast Asia region, but it ultimately allows for OLL to grow its offering and expand into India and beyond,”

OLL, a strategic joint venture company led by NTT Group, hopes the new system will further enhance and contribute to communications network expansions from Asia to improve network redundancy, ensure highly reliable communications and expand onward connectivity options in the Bay of Bengal.

NEC, a Japan-based multinational IT and electronics company with extensive experience in implementing submarine cable systems, was selected by OLL as their supply partner.

“We are honored to be selected as the supplier for MIST together with our local affiliate in India,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, the General Manager of NEC’s Submarine Network Division.

Together with their India affiliate, NEC Technologies India Private Ltd, Mr. Kuwahara hopes to fully capitalise on their regional expertise in Southeast Asia and India to ensure the successful completion of the submarine cable in the third quarter of 2022.

Back in June, Asia Direct Cable (ADC) and NEC announced the construction of another high-performance submarine cable that would connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam by the fourth quarter of 2022.

ADC is a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies, including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.

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Global consortium ADC building high-performance submarine cable across Asia

Asia Direct Cable (ADC), a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies is building a high-performance submarine cable across Asia.

NEC Corporation, a Japanese multinational information technology and electronics company, announced today the 9,400-kilometer ADC cable will connect China (Hong Kong and Guangdong province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.

ADC Cable Network

“This new system will contribute to drive the Asian ICT business growth as one of the core infrastructures in the region and to meet the evolving marketplace,” said Mr Koji Ishii of SoftBank and Co-Chair of ADC.

The cabling, constructed by NEC, is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

Mr Ishii added: “As a leading submarine cable system vendor, NEC has successfully provided many trans-Asia submarine cable systems, making the company the most reliable choice for the ADC supply partner.”

Optical fibers make up the ADC cable, which is designed to carry more than 140 Terabits per second of traffic. This will deliver necessary diversity for Asia’s key information hubs and high-capacity transmission of data across regions in East and Southeast Asia.

“The ADC system … will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for sustainable development,” said Chang Weiguo, one of the ADC Co-Chairs from China Telecom.

As technological advancements in cloud computing, 5G, Artificial Intelligence and the Internet of Things increase across Asia, the high-capacity allows the cable to support the increasingly bandwidth-intensive applications.

“This advanced optical fiber submarine cable system will provide seamless connectivity to the countries it lands in and the regions it services,” said Atsushi Kuwahara, the General Manager of the Submarine Network Division at NEC Corporation.

The ADC cable system hopes to enhance the expansion of communications networks in the East and Southeast Asian regions.

Mr Kuwahara added: “NEC is impressed by the level of commitment from members of the ADC Consortium, and will fully capitalize on our regional expertise to support ADC and ensure the successful completion of this project.”

The ADC is a global consortium of leading communications and technology companies, including CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.

“The new cable will enhance our infrastructure and also our ability to harness new technologies for future growth,” said Mr Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President of Carrier Services, OTT and Satellites, Group Enterprise at Singtel.

According to Research and Markets, the submarine cable systems market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at an annual growth rate of 9.8% from 2018 to 2027, increasing from US$5.6 billion to US$14.7 billion over the nine-year period.

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