NEC wins submarine cable deal from Orient Link

NEC Corporation today announced it has won a deal from Orient Link to build the MIST Cable System (MIST).
MIST cable routeMIST 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). NEC aims to complete construction of the nearly 8,100-kilometer optical submarine cable by the third quarter of FY2022.

MIST will enhance and contribute to the expansion of communications networks from Asia, thereby improving network redundancy, ensuring reliable communications and expanding onward connectivity options in the Bay of Bengal.

“We have selected NEC as a supply partner whose experience in implementing submarine cable systems will play a key role in our project’s success,” Yoshio Sato, CEO of Orient Link, said in a statement.

MIST said it will respond to the growing demands for inter-DC-connectivity across countries in the Southeast Asia region and grow its offering and expand into India and beyond after the completion of the submarine cable project.