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Global telcos and NEC embark on SEA-US submarine cable system construction

Zafirah Salim | April 1, 2015
This US$250 million SEA-US cable system will be the first to directly connect Indonesia and US.

A global consortium of telecommunications companies will be working together to build and operate the South East Asia-United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system - the first to directly connect Indonesia and US.  

This 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), as well as Telkom USA.

Meanwhile, NEC Corporation and NEC Corporation of America are the system suppliers for this US$250 million project that is slated to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

According to a media statement by NEC, the SEA-US cable system will link the five areas and territories of Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines, Piti in the territory of Guam, Honolulu (on the island of Oahu), Hawaii; and Los Angeles, California in the continental U.S.

It added that the system will measure approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, stretched along a unique route that has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake-prone areas in East Asia. This provides 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 100 Gigabit per second (Gb/s) technology. This capacity will help to meet the 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 SEA-US.

"This cable construction is significant as it is one of the biggest milestones for Indonesia's rapid growth in communications," said Syarif Syarial Ahmad, President Director of Telin. "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."

Robert Haulbook, GTA President and Chief Executive Officer, added, "With this system, collectively, we are well-positioned to meet the growing demand for increased bandwidth and strengthening our position to enhance overall network redundancy. We look forward to SEA-US meeting capacity needs of all users in our areas."


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