RAM Telecom International (RTI) and NEC Corporation informed that the Southeast Asia – United States Cable System (SEA-US) is ready for commercial service following acceptance by the SEA-US consortium, and that construction has started on the Hong Kong – Guam Cable System (HK-G) extension.
The consortium’s US $250 million investment in SEA-US delivers an initial design capacity of 20 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity, using NEC’s 100 Gigabit per second (Gbps) submarine cable technology.
In addition, RTI Connectivity (RTI-C) and NEC informed that the marine route survey for HK-G extension has began.
The detailed information that will be gathered during the survey will shape the final route engineering that will be undertaken. This is a significant development in the construction of the 3,900-kilometer HK-G, which will land in Piti, Guam at the recently completed Teleguam Holdings (GTA) cable landing station, the same facility which is being utilized for SEA-US.
Russ Matulich, RTI’s president and CEO, said, “Transpacific capacity demand will continue to outweigh existing supply for many years to come, and RTI’s SEA-US investment is now providing essential route diversity capabilities and onward connectivity options for our clients.”
“Initiating the HK-G marine route survey is an important milestone towards our goal of providing fully diverse transpacific connectivity. Once completed, HK-G will seamlessly interconnect with SEA-US, allowing customers to not only diversify their traffic between Hong Kong to Los Angeles, but also enabling them to port their existing capacity to different destinations.”
Toru Kawauchi, general manager of NEC’s Submarine Network Division added, “From the day we signed the contract, we have dedicated our best resources to completing this cable. By working together with the cable owners, we have overcome each-and-every obstacle and look forward to many more years of further enhancing our relationship in order to answer the global demand for connectivity.”