A $300 million consortium-led subsea cable, Asia Link Cable System (ALC), has been announced that calls for 6,000 km of cabling to connect Hong Kong SAR and Singapore, with branches to the Philippines, Brunei and Hainan, China.
A press release said that the project supplier for the optical fiber cable will be HMN Technologies (HMN Tech), which is the rebranded name of Huawei Marine Networks. The project—to boost data capacity in the region and upgrade local capacities—will deploy a minimum of eight fiber pairs, with 18 Tbps per fiber pair minimum trunk design capacity. The system will have an open cable system architecture, enabling all parties to select and maintain independent line terminal equipment in line with their specific customer requirements. It is scheduled to be completed in 2025.
“ALC is a great accomplishment of Asian carriers which overcame difficulties of Covid impacts, and it is also the only subsea project with zero face-to-face meetings from the memorandum of understanding to the construction and maintenance agreement signing in the industry,” said Chang Weiguo, co-chair of ALC.
The consortium, co-led by Singtel and China Telecom Global Limited, also includes China Telecommunications Corporation, Globe Telecom and DITO Telecommunity Corporation and Unified National Networks.
“We started planning and designing the ALC cable more than two years ago at the onset of the pandemic, having anticipated the inevitable growth in high-definition content consumption, trade and innovation in this region,” said Alan Tan, co-chair, ALC (Singtel).
HMN Tech notes that it has deployed over 80,000 km of submarine network systems to date.