SingTel to build $2bn pan-Asian submarine cable

Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) is to build a 17,000-kilometre submarine cable system linking seven major Asian economies, the company announced in a statement on Monday.

The C2C Cable Network will link Japan, South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong, the Philippines, Singapore and, subject to regulatory approval, China. The cable will have a capacity of 7.5 terabits per second (bps), will cost $US2 billion and will begin carrying traffic in the third quarter of 2001, SingTel said in its statement.

The C2C Cable Network will meet the booming demand for bandwidth in this region as use of the internet continues to increase exponentially, according to Hoh Wing Chee, SingTel's vice president for international networks.

Internet traffic made up just 14 per cent of total global telecommunications traffic in 1999, a share expected to increase to 82 per cent in 2005, with Asia contributing much of the share growth, Hoh said in the statement.

The network will be built by Tyco Submarine Systems Ltd (TSSL) and KDD Submarine Cable Systems, SingTel said.

(1T bps = 1,000G bps)

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