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SingTel joins consortium to build trans-Pacific cable system

The six-firm consortium is investing US$300 million (S$375 million) in the cable network, which will address the high traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the trans-Pacific route.

SINGAPORE: Telecoms network operator SingTel is joining efforts with five other global companies to build and operate a new trans-Pacific cable system. The total investment by the six-firm consortium is approximately US$300 million (S$375 million).

The consortium comprises China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google, KDDI and SingTel.

The FASTER cable network is capable of 60 terabits per second bandwidth data capacity, and will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan - Chikura and Shima. It is aimed at addressing the high traffic demands for broadband, mobile, applications, content and enterprise data exchange on the trans-Pacific route.

SingTel says the cable system will enable it to provide its customers with greater network diversity and resilience.