The cable, which will connect China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam, will feature multiple pairs of high capacity optical fibres and is designed to carry more than 140 Tbps of traffic - enabling high capacity transmission of data across the East and Southeast Asian regions.
The consortium building the cable includes CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT, Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.
"The ADC system provides the highest cable capacity and necessary diversity for Asia's key information hubs, which will enable carriers and service providers to better plan their networks and services for a sustainable development," said Chang Weiguo, one of the ADC Co-Chairs from China Telecom.
ADC Co-Chair, Mr. Koji Ishii of SoftBank also said, "This new system will contribute to drive the Asian ICT business growth as one of the core infrastructure in the region and to meet the evolving marketplace.
“As a leading submarine cable system vendor, NEC has successfully provided many trans-Asia submarine cable systems, making the company the most reliable choice for the ADC supply partner."
"As the supplier of the ADC Cable, NEC continues to support critical infrastructure in Asia. This advanced optical fibre submarine cable system will provide seamless connectivity to the countries it lands in and the regions it services," said Atsushi Kuwahara, General Manager, Submarine Network Division, NEC Corporation.
"NEC is impressed by the level of commitment from members of the ADC Consortium, and will fully capitalise on our regional expertise to support ADC and to ensure the successful completion of this project."
Ooi Seng Keat, Vice President, Carrier Services, OTT and Satellites, Group Enterprise at Singtel - which is a member of the consortium, said, “The Asia Direct Cable we're building will meet the rapidly growing demand for high-speed connectivity for advanced technologies such as 5G, IoT-related services, and high-definition video in the economically dynamic regions of East and Southeast Asia”.
“The new cable will enhance our infrastructure and also our ability to harness new technologies for future growth. Together with the Southeast Asia – Japan Cable 2 system to be completed next year, the Asia Direct Cable will boost diversity and resilience of our global network, reinforcing Singtel's position as the region’s leading data services provider and strengthening Singapore's status as a global business and info-communications hub.”
The cable will feature multiple pairs of optical fibres and is designed to carry more than 140 Tbps of traffic, enabling high capacity transmission of data across East and Southeast Asia, further enhancing the expansion of communications networks in the region.
And according to Research and Markets, the submarine cable systems market in Asia Pacific is expected to expand at a compound annual growth rate of 9.8% from 2018 to 2027, increasing from US$5.6 billion to US$14.7 billion over the nine-year period.