By Paul Mah, Datacenter Dynamics

Seven telecoms firms have announced a US$250 million, 15,000-km trans-Pacific underwater cable system that will link countries in Southeast Asia with the United States.

Specifically, the Southeast Asia-United States (SEA-US) cable system will link Manado in Indonesia and Davao in the Philippines with Guam via the first independent segment (SEA-US West), and Guam, Hawaii and Los Angeles in the second segment (SEA-US East). Other recent cable investments in the area include the China-backed FASTER cable.

A consortium consisting of seven telecommunications companies will operate SEA-US, including PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom in the Philippines, US-based RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, GTI Corporation, Telkom USA and GTA in Guam. NEC Corp. will supply the cable system, and work is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

Extra capacity, avoiding quakes SEA-US is expected to deliver an additional 20 Terabits per second (Tbps) of capacity using 100 Gigabit per second transmission equipment. The consortium says that the system will avoid earthquake-prone areas in East Asia, ensuring stable connectivity.

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