The Asia Direct Cable (ADC) Consortium is building a new submarine cable that among other things will boost IoT connections across Asia Pacific.
The ADC is a global consortium comprised of leading communications and technology companies, including China Telecom, China Unicom, CAT, PLDT Inc., Singtel, SoftBank Corp., Tata Communications and Viettel.
ADC Consortium founding member China Telecom Global (CTG) said the high-performance submarine cable will China Mainland and Hong Kong SAR), Japan, the Philippines, Singapore, Thailand and Vietnam.
Expected to be completed by the fourth quarter of 2022, the 9,400km-long ADC cable will feature multiple pairs of high capacity optical fibres and is designed to carry more than 140Tbps 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 which are being driven by technological advancements in 5G, the cloud, the internet-of-things and artificial Intelligence. This will further boost the expansion of communications networks in the region.
According to Donald Tan, executive vice president, CTG, with the company’s abundant experience and resources in the Asia region, it is well-poised to be part of the ADC to facilitate such an impactful project to uplift its global connectivity.
“The ADC project is part of a strategic blueprint of China Telecom and will play a critical role in enabling our Asian network infrastructure to adapt to the ever-growing demands of connectivity and provide better network diversity,” he said.
“The ADC consortium has brought together a rich suite of knowledge from leading partners in the region under one roof to build this next-generation submarine cable system, and I believe that by doing such, we will be creating enormous value and contributing to reinforced global connectivity in order to bring the world closer together.”
CTG is a wholly-owned subsidiary of China Telecom established in 2012 and headquartered in Hong Kong. It has branches and affiliates in 42 countries and markets, 200 overseas PoPs, and more than 55.4Tbps capacities in international connectivity bandwidth and intercontinental capacity.
Targeting carriers, multinational corporations and overseas Chinese clients, CTG provides customised and cost-effective integrated communications solutions and diversified telecom services to cater to their global business needs. Its services include internet direct access, internet transit, data services, broadband, unified communications, internet data centre, cloud computing, ICT services, fixed and mobile voice and value-added services, multi-domestic MVNO and global IoT connectivity service, professional services, industry solutions, telecom operation consultancy and service outsourcing.