The Bay to Bay Express Cable System (BtoBE) consortium which is composed of China Mobile International (CMI), Facebook and Amazon Web Service (AWS) signed an agreement with the NEC (Nippon Electric Company) corporation to build the undersea cable that connects Singapore, Hong Kong and the US. The fibre optic cable will extend about 16,000 kilometres without regeneration. It will provide high connectivity speed and further improve communications networks between the bays. The project is expected to be complete by the final quarter of 2020.
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The 16,000 km long optical fibre cable system would comprise of the most advanced optical submarine transmission equipment’s having the one round trip latency of less than 130 milliseconds. It will include multiple (approximately six) fibre pairs having the capacity of at least 18 Tb/s per fibre pair. We understand that this type of cable will improve the network redundancy, flexibility, availability and ensure highly reliable communication.
It is the first submarine cable directly linking the US and Singapore which will be further linked to South East Asia-Japan 2 submarine cable. BtoBE will further enhance communications networks between Guangdong-Hong Kong-Macao Bay Area (Hong Kong), San Francisco Bay Area (US) and Singapore. In addition, the BtoBE cable system will connect to CMI’s three international data centres in Hong Kong, Singapore and the US. Moreover, it also supports the Chinese government initiative to improve economic development in its greater bay areas such as Macao bay.
The importance of the cable infrastructure is also of high significance to Hong Kong, US and Singapore as it would make sure of fast and reliable communication channel across the regions. This Bay to Bay express cable system is the first to connect such big countries with each other and provide a superfast way of communication, particularly with the deployment of 5G in the near future.
NEC (Nippon Electric Company) is a Japanese multinational company and the member of Sumitomo Group providing information technology (IT) services and products. It has recently won some major projects for instance in March 2018 it signed an agreement with KDDI and the members of the Southeast Asia-Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) to build a high-performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, China, South Korea and Japan.
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