Orient Link Pte Ltd (OLL) (orient-link.com) and NEC Corporation (NEC) (nec.com) announced that they have signed an agreement to build the MIST Cable System (MIST). MIST will directly connect Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand and India (Mumbai and Chennai) and deliver a design capacity of more than 216 terabits per second (Tbps). Construction of the nearly 8,100-kilometer optical submarine cable is targeted to be completed by the third quarter of FY2022.
The Asia region has experienced accelerated digital investment driven by data center growth, the proliferation of mobile, 5G services and business expansion of digital platforms, such as SNS, e-commerce and cloud services for enterprises. These advancements have contributed to an increasing amount of data traffic across submarine cables. MIST will further enhance and contribute to the much-needed expansion of communications networks from Asia, thereby improving network redundancy, ensuring highly reliable communications and expanding onward connectivity options in the Bay of Bengal.
"Globally, India and Southeast Asia are among the world's fastest-growing economies. I am very pleased to announce the launch of MIST, providing a truly connected India to our clients around the world, delivering high-quality, low-latency networks to the people in India as the nation charges forward with its digital transformation roadmap," said Yoshio Sato, CEO, OLL "Not only will MIST respond to the growing demands for inter-DC-connectivity across countries in the Southeast Asia region, but it ultimately allows for OLL to grow its offering and expand into India and beyond. OLL has selected NEC as a supply partner whose extensive experience in expeditiously implementing submarine cable systems will play a key role in our project's success."
"We are honored to be selected as the supplier for MIST together with our local affiliate in India (NEC Technologies India Private Ltd (NECTI)). In recent years, we have been supplying the majority of submarine cables in the region and this project enables NEC to continue contributing to advanced infrastructure for serving growing traffic demands," said Atsushi Kuwahara, General Manager, Submarine Network Division, NEC. "Together with NECTI, we intend to fully capitalize on our regional expertise in Southeast Asia and India to ensure the successful completion of this project."
Overview of MIST Submarine Cable
Name: MIST (Myanmar/Malaysia India Singapore Transit)
Total design: capacity More than 216 Tbps / 12FP
Total cable length: Approx. 8,100Km
Landing points: Singapore, Malaysia, Myanmar, Thailand, India (Mumbai and Chennai)
Investment: Approx. 400M-USD
Operational: Launch 3Q FY2022
Overview of Orient Link Pte Ltd
Name: Orient Link Pte Ltd
Address: 20 Pasir Panjang Road, #11-28, Mapletree Business City, Singapore
Established: 10th October, 2019
Capital: USD 119 million
Shareholder: NTT Ltd, Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan's ICT and Postal Services Inc., WEN Capital Pte. Ltd.
Representative: Yoshio Sato, CEO
Business: Construction/sales/operation and maintenance for submarine cable
Overview of NEC Corporation
Name: NEC Corporation
Address: 7-1, Shiba 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan
Established: July 1899
Capital: JPY 397,199 million
Representative: Takashi Niino, President and CEO
Business: Public Solutions Business, Public Infrastructure Business, Enterprise Business, Network Services Business, System Platform Business and Global Business
Overview of NEC Technologies India Pvt Ltd
Name: NEC Technologies India Pvt Ltd
Address: (Registered Office) A-31, 1st Floor, Lajpat nagar Part-II, New Delhi, 110024, India
Representative: Aalok Kumar, President and CEO
Business: Business extending from telecommunications to public safety, logistics, transportation, retail, finance, unified communication and IT platforms, serving across governments, businesses as well as individuals