Japan-based NEC has signed a supply contract with Indonesian National Submarine Cable Utility, BSCC (Belau Submarine Cable Corporation). NEC will supply optical transmission equipment for the second phase of the Palau submarine fiber optic cable system.
Palau Cable 2 (PC2) optical submarine cable construction project, shortly known as PC2 has a total length of approximately 110km. This second cable will connect Palau with a large-capacity submarine optical cable that connects Southeast Asia and the U.S. mainland. PC2 submarine cable is scheduled to be completed at the end of 2022.
The Belau Submarine Cable Corporation is a state-owned public corporation that owns and manages a submarine fiber optic cable network for the Republic of Palau.
The Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC) was established in 2016 to deliver state-of-the-art wholesale broadband internet services to the people of Palau. With the support of the Asian Development Bank (ADB), the project entails the construction of a low latency submarine fiber optic cable linking Palau to a branching unit on the SEA-US submarine cable system.
SEA-US provides connectivity between the mainland USA (via Guam and Hawaii) and the Philippines and Indonesia. BSCCnet provides a link between Ngeremlengui in Palau and Piti in Guam, for onward interconnection to global networks.
PC2 adopts the latest optical wavelength multiplexing transmission system of 100 gigabits per second (100Gbps), and as an addition to the first optical submarine cable laid by NEC in Palau in 2017, ensures the redundancy of Palau’s network, realizes highly reliable communications, and responds to the increasing demand for communications, thereby contributing to further economic development in Palau.
NEC, in a press release, stated that the PC2 submarine project is being implemented under a buyer’s credit (export finance) loan agreement by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with BSCC. The loan portion from SMBC is insured by Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI). Additional financing is being provided by the United States Government and the Australian Infrastructure Financing Facility for the Pacific (AIFFP).
NEC is a leading supplier of submarine cable systems for more than 50 years and has built more than 300,000 km of cable. NEC is well-established as a reliable partner in the submarine cable field as a system integrator that provides all aspects of submarine cable operations, including the production of optical submarine repeaters and optical submarine cables, as well as coordinating ocean surveys and route designs, cable installation, training, and delivery testing. NEC has a strong presence in the Asia-Pacific region, including Japan, where NEC subsidiary OCC Corporation, is capable of producing submarine optical cables that can withstand water pressure from 8,000 meters beneath the sea.
News Source: NEC Press release