Designed with latest technologies, the high-performance cable will allow enterprises to connect with key Asia hubs

Singapore, June 16, 2020

Tata Communications, a digital ecosystem enabler, today announced that the Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium, of which it is a member, is building a high-performance submarine cable connecting China (Hong Kong SAR and Guangdong Province), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam. The consortium has selected NEC Corporation to construct the 9,400-kilometer long ADC cable, which is expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022.

 

Carl Osborne, Associate Vice President, International Cable Network Development, Tata Communications
“At Tata Communications, we’ve been delivering flexible borderless connectivity together with intelligent application aware networks to our global customers. Our collaboration within ADC consortium to build this high-performance submarine cable will provide enterprises with additional connectivity between major traffic hubs in Asia.”

Carl Osborne, Associate Vice President, International Cable Network Development, Tata Communications

The cable 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. ADC’s high capacity allows it to support increasingly bandwidth-intensive applications driven by technological advancements in 5G, Cloud Platforms, Internet of Things and Artificial Intelligence. This will further enhance the expansion of communications networks in the region.

 

Tata Communications is one of the early initiators of the ADC Consortium since 2018. This new capability will provide an additional route to Tata Communications’ existing global network.

 

Carl Osborne, Associate Vice President, International Cable Network Development, Tata Communications, said “At Tata Communications, we’ve been delivering flexible borderless connectivity together with intelligent application aware networks to our global customers. Our collaboration within ADC consortium to build this high-performance submarine cable will provide enterprises with additional connectivity between major traffic hubs in Asia. This will further augment our existing capabilities on the Tata Communications Global Network with deeper reach, enabling us to offer superior customer experience and enhanced resilience. With digital technologies steering the growth of business more than ever before, this additional capability will address the increasing bandwidth and data demands of enterprises in Asia and globally.”

 

Tata Communications owns and operates the world’s only wholly owned subsea network that encircles the globe. This network enables businesses to reach more than 200 countries and territories and underpins all products and services of Tata Communications. Today, around 30% of the world’s Internet routes travel over Tata Communications’ network.

 

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Aastha Singh Tata Communications +91 99670 89660 aastha.singh2@tatacommunications.com Ben Roberts Chime Communications +44 78418 49974 ben.roberts@chime-tech.com

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About the ADC Consortium

The ADC is a global consortium comprised of leading communications and technology companies, including Tata Communications, CAT, China Telecom, China Unicom, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp. and Viettel.  

About NEC Corporation

NEC Corporation has established itself as a leader in the integration of IT and network technologies while promoting the brand statement of “Orchestrating a brighter world.” NEC enables businesses and communities to adapt to rapid changes taking place in both society and the market as it provides for the social values of safety, security, fairness and efficiency to promote a more sustainable world where everyone has the chance to reach their full potential. For more information, visit NEC at http://www.nec.com.

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