NEC has signed a contract with RTI Connectivity to supply a high capacity optical submarine cable for a new system connecting Hong Kong and Guam.
The 3,900 km Hong Kong Guam Cable System (HK-G) is scheduled to begin operation in January 2020, featuring 100-Gbps optical transmission capabilities that deliver a total capacity of more than 48 Tbps.
The contract will partially utilize capital from the Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan’s ICT and Postal Services (Japan ICT Fund).
The HK-G is slated to connect in Guam with the SEA-US optical submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia to the United States, and that NEC began constructing in March 2015. As a result, the project contributes to the expansion of communications networks between China, Hong Kong and the US, in addition to those between Southeast Asia and the US.
Moreover, the HK-G will complement other regional submarine cables, thereby increasing network redundancy and helping to ensure high capacity, highly reliable communications, said Toru Kawauchi, GM of NEC’s Submarine Network Division.
“With Guam becoming a new hub in the Pacific, we look forward to helping the RTI group of companies provide for the expanding Asia-Pacific demand for more connectivity,” he said.
RTI Connectivity is a consortium of private cable developers established by US entrepreneurs in Singapore for the optical submarine cable business.