Carriers plan undersea cable to connect Asia-Pacific

Carriers plan undersea cable to connect Asia-Pacific

Three of the region's largest carriers are planning to band together to rollout a submarine telecommunications cable between Singapore and Australia.

Telecom New Zealand, Cable & Wireless Optus and Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) are undertaking a feasibility study into the development of a cable connecting Singapore to Jakarta and Perth, which will then enable connections throughout Australia and the Asia-Pacific region.

As yet the companies need the approval of their boards and need to iron out some financial details, but all players seem confident the project will go ahead, with SingTel's executive vice-president Lim Shyong suggesting such a move was expected considering its plans for expansion into Australia.

Telecom New Zealand released a statement to the ASX suggesting the proposed cable system would utilise Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing (DWDM) technology to expand the capacity for streaming video, Internet traffic and other IP-network based applications.

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