August 21, 2020

OLL and NEC Launch MIST Cable System Construction

Orient Link Pte. Ltd. (OLL) and NEC Corporation (NEC) 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 South East 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. Not only will MIST respond to the growing demands for inter-DC-connectivity across countries in the South East 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.”
– Yoshio Sato, CEO, OLL

“We are honoured 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.”

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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. (http://www.orient-link.com)

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

101 to 116, 1st Floor Splendor Forum, Plot 3, District Centre Jasola, New Delhi 110025, India

Established

2006

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

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