By Channel NewsAsia

SINGAPORE: Consumers in the region can look forward to faster Internet connections in the next five years, with a new submarine cable system launched on Tuesday (Oct 18).

Super Sea Cable Networks (SEAX)'s system is aimed at wholesale carriers for emerging markets who want to own cable systems but do not wish to operate them themselves, according to a press statement by the Singapore-based company. The countries targeted are Indonesia, Malaysia, Thailand, Cambodia, Philippines, Bangladesh, Vietnam and Myanmar, it added.

This expands Singapore's submarine cable infrastructure further, after a consortium consisting of Singtel, China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Global Transit, Google and KDDI started service for a new trans-Pacific submarine cable system in June. Local telco Singtel also announced plans to build a submarine cable linking Singapore and Perth by 2018 earlier this year.

SEAX said its submarine cable project will be divided into three phases from 2016 to 2021. The first phase will connect Singapore, Malaysia and Indonesia, drawing internet traffic from the region towards Singapore and then transmitting out to the rest of the world, especially the US and Europe.

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