SEA-US cable will boost Asian economies; adds strategic diversity to transpacific networks. A global consortium of telecommunications companies has started to build the South-East Asia – United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, the first to directly connect Indonesia and the United States. The US $250 million project is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.
The SEA-US system will link Manado in Indonesia, Davao in Southern Philippines, Guam, Honolulu and Los Angeles on U.S mainland. The system will be approximately 15,000 kilometers in length, and has been designed and engineered to bypass earthquake prone areas in East Asia, thereby providing a strategic diversity in the range of connectivity to transpacific networks with ensured stable connectivity.
The cable 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 exponentially growing demand for bandwidth between South-East Asia and North America with unparalleled performance for those two Asian 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.
SEA-US will address the diverse needs of telecommunications carriers, large multinational enterprises, content providers and government entities looking to connect over 1.5 billion businesses and consumers in the Southeast Asia region. SEA-US’s essential Asia-US route diversity, lower latency and onward connectivity options via Hawaii and Guam will enable to offer unmatched services to transpacific connectivity customers.
The cable construction is one of the biggest milestones for Indonesia’s rapid growth in communications. The frequent use of high bandwidth internet in Indonesia ranges from business, where video conference is highly utilized in many offices, to entertainment, where video and TV streaming have become part of Indonesians’ leisure activities.
The SEA-US project will provide superior connectivity for consumers and businesses in the Philippines to connect to the U.S. The link-up with the SEA-US cable system will serve the exponential growth of mobile internet use in the country, enabling the digital lifestyle for Filipino consumers and businesses. This development will also benefit the Philippines’ outsourcing and offshoring industry, including major contact centers, business process outsourcing providers, global financial institutions and other multinationals that require very large bandwidth as the Philippines has become the preferred destination for these companies.
The project will facilitate economic opportunity and growth for Hawaii’s residents and businesses as well. Hawaii is not different from the rest of the world in its need and desire for more bandwidth and the SEA-US system will ensure the transpacific capacity needs are met well into the future.
The SEA-US 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) and Telkom USA. NEC Corporation and NEC Corporation of America are the system suppliers. The construction of the system enables NEC to capitalize on more than 40 years of experience, laying over 200,000 kilometers of submarine cable infrastructure.