Southeast Asian telecom submarine cable completed

A submarine fiber-optic cable linking Thailand, Indonesia and Singapore has been completed and put into service, a consortium of carriers that commissioned the cable said Tuesday.

The TIS Cable Network runs a total length of 1,100 kilometers between Songkhla in Thailand, Batam in Indonesia and Changi in Singapore, according to a statement. It has an initial capacity of 30G bps (bits per second) although it can be upgraded to a maximum capacity of 320G bps.

Japan's NEC Corp. was commissioned to build the cable in November 2002 by CAT Telecom Public Co. Ltd. of Thailand, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk and Singapore Telecommunications Ltd. The total cost of the cable was US$36 million and each of the carriers owns an equal stake in the cable, they said.

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