The Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) recently signed an agreement with NEC Corp. to build a high performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan.

Construction of the 10,500-kilometer long cable is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2020.

The cable will feature up to eight fiber pairs of high capacity optical fiber with initial design capacity of 144 Terabits per second, roughly the equivalent of simultaneously streaming 5.76 million ultra-high definition videos per second. Its high capacity allows it to support high bandwidth intensive requirements such as the Internet of Things, robotics, analytics and artificial or virtual reality applications.

The SJC2 will be built and operated by a global consortium comprising telecommunications and technology companies, including China Mobile International; Chuan Wei; Chunghwa Telecom; Facebook; KDDI; Singtel; SK Broadband; and VNPT.

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