Keppel, Facebook and Telin to Build Subsea Cable System

Mar 2021

Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation (Keppel T&T), Facebook and Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin) have entered into a joint build agreement to jointly own and develop the Bifrost Cable System, the world’s first subsea cable system that will directly connect Singapore to the west coast of North America via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea.

Expected to be completed in 2024 and spanning over 15,000 km, the Bifrost Cable System will connect Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam and the west coast of North America. When fully commissioned, the multiple fiber paired, high-performance Bifrost Cable System will also be the largest capacity high-speed transmission cable across the Pacific Ocean.

KMH’s share of the total project costs as a joint build partner will be approximately USD 350 million. Keppel T&T, Facebook and Telin have appointed Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN) for the supply and installation works of the cable system.

Global data bandwidth demands have reached unprecedented levels, with surging cloud adoption, exponential growth in mobile device usage and 5G deployment. In addition, there has been an increasing demand for more capacity through the Pacific region due to the significance and the growth of Asian markets. In the Asia Pacific region alone, according to the Cisco Annual Internet Report (2018 – 2023), the number of internet users is expected to hit 3.1 billion users by 2023, from 2.1 billion users in 2018.

This open cable system will cater to the burgeoning connectivity needs of the South East Asia region by providing not only seamless direct connectivity to North America, and low latency, but also network diversity.

The Bifrost cable system will incorporate state-of-the-art optical submarine transmission equipment, benefitting the region’s governments and businesses, including cloud operators, telecommunications operators, network providers, over-the-top (OTT) providers, data centers, governments, enterprises, and consumers by offering them competitive pricing and capacity resilience.

(Source: Keppel T&T)