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


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)


Approx. 400M-USD

Operational Launch        

3Q FY2022

Overview of Orient Link Pte. Ltd.


Orient Link Pte. Ltd. (


20 Pasir Panjang Road #11-28 Mapletree Business City Singapore


 10th October, 2019


USD 119 million 


NTT Ltd., Fund Corporation for the Overseas Development of Japan’s ICT and Postal Services Inc., WEN Capital Pte. Ltd.


Yoshio Sato, CEO


Construction/Sales/Operation and Maintenance for submarine cable

Overview of NEC Corporation


NEC Corporation


7-1, Shiba 5-chome, Minato-ku, Tokyo, Japan


July 1899


JPY 397,199 million


Takashi Niino, President and CEO


Public Solutions Business, Public Infrastructure Business, Enterprise Business, Network Services Business, System Platform Business and Global Business

Overview of NEC Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.


NEC Technologies India Pvt. Ltd.


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




Aalok Kumar, President and CEO


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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