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By 2024, a 5,000-kilometer undersea cable will connect the Philippines, Southeast Asia, and Hong Kong.

MANILA – A new submarine optical cable system will soon connect Hong Kong, the Philippines, and other Southeast Asian countries, enhancing regional digital connection.

Converge CEO and Co-Founder Dennis Uy announced his company’s participation in the SEA Hainan-Hong Kong Express (SEA-H2X) cable system, a 5,000-kilometer (km) long submarine optical cable utilizing at least eight fiber pairs between Singapore and Hong Kong with a system design capacity of 160 terabits per second, in a statement on Thursday (Tbps).

“This underwater cable system will improve connectivity between our Hong Kong and Singapore points of presence (PoPs).” Furthermore, this equipment will bring variety and redundancy to our international network,” Uy explained.

He went on to say that the system will “fully diversify” Converge’s an international capacity portfolio, with the Bifrost cable system serving transpacific demand and the SEA-H2X serving trans-Asian demand.

Converge claimed in a press release that the system will be ready for service in 2024 and will use “state-of-the-art” optical submarine transmission equipment.

“The development of SEA-H2X will answer to the rising broadband demand between Hong Kong SAR and Southeast Asian countries by providing needed capacity and faster transmission, as well as in preparation for the impending 5G era,” according to Converge.

It will link the Philippines to Hong Kong, Hainan, Thailand, East Malaysia, and Singapore, with extensions to Vietnam, Cambodia, West Malaysia, and Indonesia possible.

From design through manufacturing to deployment, HMN Technologies Co., Limited (HMN Tech) will handle the cable system.

It stated the system will use an “open system concept” to allow third-party vendors to provide “best-in-breed” underwater line terminal equipment at a later date.

“SEA-H2X will benefit from HMN Tech’s sophisticated Branching Unit and Reconfigurable Optical Add/Drop Multiplexer,” Converge stated.

Converge, China Mobile Worldwide Limited, China Unicom Global, and PPTEL SEA H2X are among the international telecommunications businesses involved in the SEA-H2X cable infrastructure.

Converge collaborated with Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. in April of last year for the right of use of one fiber pair on the Bifrost cable system’s main trunk, an underwater cable system that connects Singapore to the west coast of North America.

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