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2017 - 2018

April 4, 2018
Construction begins on the Japan-Guam-Australia Cable System
San Francisco, Paris, Singapore, Tokyo, and Sydney, 4 April 2018 – A consortium including RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C), AARNet Pty Ltd (AARNet) and Google, together with Alcatel Submarine Networks (ASN), part of Nokia, and NEC Corporation (NEC: 6701) announced that the construction of the Japan-Guam-Australia Cable System (JGA) has officially commenced. The 9,500-kilometer undersea fiber optic cable system will deliver a design capacity of more than 36 terabits per second (Tbps) and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.
March 15, 2018
SJC2 submarine cable to enhance connectivity between North and Southeast Asia
Tokyo, 15 March, 2018 – The Southeast Asia–Japan 2 consortium (SJC2) signed an agreement with NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE:6701) to build a high performance submarine cable connecting Singapore, Thailand, Cambodia, Vietnam, Hong Kong, Taiwan, mainland China, Korea and Japan.
December 8, 2017
BSCC and NEC announce the completion of a new submarine cable linking the Republic of Palau
Koror, Republic of Palau, 8 December 2017 – Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC; Republic of Palau) and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that the construction of a new submarine cable linking the Republic of Palau has been completed and is now ready for commercial service.
September 22, 2017
RTI and NEC announce that the SEA-US submarine cable is ready for service and that the marine survey has begun for a Hong Kong extension
California, USA, Singapore and Tokyo, Japan, 22 September 2017 – RAM Telecom International, Inc. (RTI) and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that the Southeast Asia - United States Cable System (SEA-US) is ready for commercial service following acceptance by the SEA-US consortium*, and that construction has commenced on the Hong Kong - Guam Cable System (HK-G) extension.
September 20, 2017
NEC Completes Construction of "SKR1M," a 100Gbps Submarine Cable in Malaysia
Tokyo, September 20, 2017 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the completion of the Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1Malaysia (SKR1M) 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) submarine cable linking Peninsular Malaysia with Sabah and Sarawak.
June 22, 2017
NEC completes "ATISA" submarine cable
Tokyo, Japan, June 22, 2017 — NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that the 280 kilometer ATISA submarine fiber optic cable system connecting Guam to the Commonwealth of Northern Mariana Islands (CNMI) is complete and operational.
June 1, 2017
NEC Receives Award from ITU-AJ for its Accomplishments in Submarine Telecom Cables
Tokyo, June 1, 2017 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that its International Submarine Cable Project Team has received an Accomplishment Award from the International Telecommunication Union - Association of Japan (ITU-AJ) for its leading role in constructing subsea telecom cables to connect continents and communities.
May 12, 2017
NEC first to achieve 50Tb submarine cable over 10,000km by using C+L EDFA
Tokyo, May 12, 2017 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that it has demonstrated a transmission capacity of 50.9 terabits (Tb) per second on a single optical fiber, over a distance greater than 11,000km. This is the first time 50Tb have been achieved over 10,000km using C+L band erbium-doped fiber amplifiers (EDFA). Such a large capacity over that distance corresponds to a new record breaking capacity distance product of 570 Pb-km (Petabit per second-kilometer). NEC's commitment to pushing the benchmark 50Tb capacity to trans-pacific distances is in line with the current trend of increasing the reach of ultra-high capacity submarine cable segments.
May 4, 2017
NEC begins Construction of Submarine Cable Links to the Islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk
Tokyo, May 4, 2017 - NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701), together with Belau Submarine Cable Corporation (BSCC; Republic of Palau) and the Government of the Federated States of Micronesia (FSM), today announced it has commenced construction of three submarine cable links that will connect the islands of Palau, Yap and Chuuk to the rest of the world.
April 21, 2017
RTI-C and NEC Begin Construction of HK-G Submarine Cable System
Singapore and Tokyo, Japan, 21 April 2017 - RTI Connectivity Pte. Ltd. (RTI-C) and NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced that construction of the Hong Kong - Guam Cable system (HK-G) has officially commenced. The 3,900 kilometer undersea cable, featuring 100 gigabit per second (Gbps) optical transmission capabilities, will deliver design capacity of more than 48 terabits per second (Tbps), and is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2019.
January 20, 2017
NEC supplies submarine cable for system connecting Hong Kong and Guam
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the signing of a contract with RTI Connectivity (*1) to supply a high capacity optical submarine cable for a new system connecting Hong Kong and Guam.

2015 - 2016

November 17, 2016
NEC Completes Asia Pacific Gateway Submarine Cable
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced it has finished construction of the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) Submarine Cable connecting Japan, South Korea, Mainland China, Taiwan, Hong Kong, Vietnam, Thailand, Malaysia and Singapore.
September 8, 2016
PT.Telkom selects NEC to build the "Indonesia Global Gateway (IGG)" submarine cable
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the signing of a contract with PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk (Telkom) to develop the Indonesia Global Gateway Cable System (IGG), an optical submarine cable system that will connect the islands of Sumatra, Batam, Jawa, Bali, Kalimantan and Sulawesi with Singapore.
June 29, 2016
FASTER Cable System is Ready for Service, Boosts Trans-Pacific Capacity and Connectivity
FASTER, a consortium of six international companies, together with its supplier NEC Corporation, today announced that construction and end-to-end testing of a new trans-Pacific submarine cable system, the "FASTER Cable System," has been successfully completed and will start service on June 30, 2016.
June 13, 2016
NEC approaches the limit of transoceanic optical transmission efficiency
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today that it has demonstrated a transmission capacity of 34.9 terabits per second (Tbit/s) on a single optical fiber, over a distance greater than 6,300 km. This achievement breaks the spectral efficiency record for transoceanic transmission (*), achieving 8.3 bit/s/Hz using the C-band spectrum. This is a 16.9% improvement on the previous record.
April 6, 2016
Construction commences on Angola Cables' South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) by NEC
Angola Cables S.A., an Angolan telecoms wholesale operator, and NEC Corporation, a leading IT system supplier, announced today that the contract to build the South Atlantic Cable System (SACS), the first subsea fiber optic cable system ever to connect Africa and South America in the southern hemisphere has come into force. SACS is scheduled to be ready for service by the middle of 2018. The project cost is expected to reach $160 million and will be partially co-funded by the Japan Bank for International Cooperation (JBIC) and Sumitomo Mitsui Banking Corporation (SMBC) with the support of Nippon Export and Investment Insurance (NEXI) through the Banco de Desenvolvimento de Angola (BDA).
January 7, 2016
SEA-ME-WE 5 cable system lands in Malaysia
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced that Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and NEC successfully completed the landing of the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) submarine cable system at Melaka, Malaysia.
September 3, 2015
NEC to build "SKR1M" submarine cable system in Malaysia
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) today announced the signing of a contract with Telekom Malaysia Berhad (TM) and TT dotCom Sdn Bhd (TTdC), a wholly-owned subsidiary of TIME dotCom Berhad (TIME), to construct the Sistem Kabel Rakyat 1 Malaysia (SKR1M), an optical submarine cable system that will connect Peninsular Malaysia, Sabah and Sarawak.
March 31, 2015
Global consortium, NEC begin construction of $250M SEA-US Cable System
A global consortium of telecommunications companies, formed to build and operate the South-East Asia - United States (SEA-US) submarine cable system, officially announced the start of construction for the landmark project, the first to directly connect Indonesia and the United States. NEC Corporation and NEC Corporation of America are the system suppliers for the US $250 million project that is expected to be completed in the fourth quarter of 2016.

2013 - 2014

November 4, 2014
Angola Cables to build the world's first submarine cable across the South Atlantic
Angola Cables S.A. announced today that it has signed a contract to build the world's first submarine cable system across the South Atlantic with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The South Atlantic Cable System (SACS) will connect Angola and Brazil, directly linking the African continent to Latin America for the first time, to enable high speed and high capacity international data transmissions, spurring trade and economic growth.
October 9, 2014
Supply Contract for the Hong Kong Extension of the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 Submarine Cable System comes into force - to be built by NEC Corporation
The consortium behind the Asia-Africa-Europe 1 (AAE-1) submarine cable system project – connecting Asia, the Middle East, East Africa and Europe – have signed a supply contract with NEC Corporation for the S1H segment, representing the Thailand-to-Vietnam-and-Hong Kong section of the network. The supply contract has come into force as of October 8, 2014.
August 28, 2014
SEA-US: Global Consortium to Build Cable System Connecting Indonesia, the Philippines, and the United States
A consortium of seven global telecommunications companies agreed today to cooperate in the construction and operation of a new submarine cable system that directly connects Southeast Asia and the United States with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The Southeast Asia – United States "SEA-US" consortium consists of PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International (Telin), Globe Telecom, RAM Telecom International (RTI), Hawaiian Telcom, Teleguam Holdings (GTA), GTI Corporation (a member of the Globe Telecom group of companies) and Telkom USA.
August 11, 2014
A Global Consortium to Build New Trans-Pacific Cable System "FASTER"
A consortium of six global companies announced that they have signed commercial agreements to build and operate a new Trans-Pacific cable system to be called “FASTER” with NEC Corporation as the system supplier. The FASTER cable network will connect the United States to two landing locations in Japan. The total amount of investment for the FASTER system is estimated to be approximately USD $300 million.
March 7, 2014
NEC wins SEA-ME-WE 5 Contract to strengthen ultra-broadband undersea connectivity between Singapore and France
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the signing of a contract with the South East Asia-Middle East-Western Europe 5 (SEA-ME-WE 5) consortium, comprising of 15 leading telecom operators to deploy a new 100 gigabit per second (Gbit/s) undersea cable system. The SEA-ME-WE 5 system will span 20,000 km from Singapore to Europe, and will deliver ultra-broadband capacity and faster access to consumers and businesses.
August 12, 2013
NEC wins Papua Cable System in Indonesia
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) and PT. NEC Indonesia have signed a contract with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, Tbk ("PT Telkom") to construct the Papua Cable System, a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable system that will connect Indonesia's Papua Provinces on the island of New Guinea.
June 27, 2013
Southeast Asia-Japan [SJC] Cable System strengthens connectivity in 7 territories
The SJC Parties, today announced that the Southeast Asia-Japan Cable (SJC) system is now operational. The system, supplied by TE SubCom and NEC Corporation provides connectivity to key destinations to meet the growing bandwidth requirement in the region and allow for cost effective and resilient connectivity to other submarine cable systems.
June 20, 2013
NEC Wins 100Gb/s Capacity Upgrade Contract on APCN2
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the signing of a contract with a purchasing consortium of 13 major telecom operators in the Asia Pacific region to enable the APCN2 (Asia Pacific Cable Network 2) to support 100Gb/s dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) for the first time.
February 19, 2013
NEC and Fujitsu Complete Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE)
NEC Corporation and Fujitsu Limited today announced that they have completed construction of all initially planned segments of the Asia Submarine-cable Express (ASE) system, a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable system that extends across approximately 7,800 km to link Japan with the Philippines, Hong Kong, Malaysia, and Singapore. NTT Communications, Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company, Telekom Malaysia Berhad, and StarHub Limited placed an order for the new system in January 2011.
January 28, 2013
NEC wins contract for Taiwan Penghu Kinmen Matsu No.3 (TPKM3) Submarine Cable System
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) announced today the signing of a multi-million dollar supply contract, through its Taiwan subsidiary NEC (Taiwan) Co., Ltd, with Chunghwa Telecom to construct the Taiwan Penghu Kinmen Matsu No.3 (TPKM3) Submarine Cable system, a high-bandwidth non-repeater optical submarine cable that will link Taoyan (North Taiwan) with Matsu and Tainan (South Taiwan) with Kinmen through Penghu. The signing took place at Taipei today.
January 17, 2013
NEC performs world's first successful trial of real-time 1Tb/s superchannel transmission over a trans-oceanic distance
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE: 6701) recently performed the world's first (*1) successful trial of real-time 1Tb/s super-channel transmission using 100GbE subcarriers over a trans-oceanic distance.
January 16, 2013
NEC and Corning Achieve Record-breaking Results in Optical Transmission Capacity
NEC Corporation of America (NEC), a leading provider and integrator of advanced IT communications, managed services, biometric solutions and carrier-class communications products for optical networks, and Corning Incorporated (NYSE:GLW), a leading provider of optical fibers, today announced that NEC and Corning achieved record-breaking results in transmission capacity over optical fibers. The result was reported at the 2012 Frontiers in Optics/Laser Science XXVIII (FiO/LS) meeting.

2006 - 2012

January 10, 2012
NEC Demonstrates First Terabit/s Superchannel Transmission over 10,000km
NEC Corporation (NEC) has announced the successful experimental demonstration of 1.15-Tb/s ultra-long haul optical transmission over 10,000 kilometers using optical superchannel technology. This is the first instance that a terabit/s channel generated from a single laser source has been transmitted over such a distance. Four superchannels were transmitted together by wavelength division multiplexing (WDM) to achieve a total capacity of 4 Tb/s and a spectral efficiency of 3.6 b/s/Hz. The results clearly demonstrate that practical high-capacity transmission for transoceanic communication can be achieved using cost-effective superchannel technology.
December 20, 2011
NEC wins Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) Submarine Cable System
NEC Corporation (NEC; TSE6701) announced today the signing of a multi-million dollar supply contract with the global consortium of communications companies, including NTT Communications, KT, Chunghwa Telecom, and others, to construct the Asia Pacific Gateway (APG) system, a high-bandwidth optical submarine cable system that will link 9 countries and territories in Asia. The signing took place at Beijing.
November 14, 2011
NEC Announces Completion of First Integrated Ocean Observation System for Taiwan
NEC Corporation today announced the completion of its first submarine-cable based integrated ocean observation system for the Central Weather Bureau of Taiwan. The system has been deployed in the sea off of eastern coast of Taiwan in order to strengthen seismic and environmental observations in the area. NEC won this construction project in September 2009.
July 3, 2008
NEC to Provide Ocean Bottom Seismograph System for the Japan Meteorological Agency
NEC Corporation announced today the commencement of construction of an Ocean Bottom Seismograph (earthquake observation) System (OBSS) for the Japan Meteorological Agency (JMA).
July 1, 2008
NEC and Sumitomo Electric to Acquire Leading Submarine Cable Manufacturer
NEC Corporation and Sumitomo Electric Industries, Ltd. today announced the acquisition of OCC Holdings and its subsidiary OCC Corporation, which manufactures fiber optic submarine cables of exceptional quality and reliability.
June 24, 2008
Tyco Telecommunications and NEC Begin Construction of Unity Cable System
Tyco Telecommunications (US) Inc. and NEC Corporation today announced the commencement of construction on the Unity Cable System, a high-bandwidth, trans-Pacific, optical submarine cable system that will link Los Angeles, U.S. to Chikura, Japan.
May 13, 2008
NEC Wins Contract for Submarine Cable System to Bridge Indonesia and Singapore
NEC Corporation (NEC) today announced that it has signed a turnkey contract with PT Indosat, Tbk ("Indosat") in Indonesia for the supply of a submarine cable system to the "JAKABARE" project linking Indonesia and Singapore.
October 11, 2007
NEC Wins Contract to Supply Submarine Cable to GCI Alaska
NEC Corporation has received an order from General Communication, Inc. (NASDAQ:GNCMA; hereinafter GCI) to supply a submarine cable, amplifiers and line terminal equipment.
September 18, 2007
UK-based publication Global Telecom Business recognizes Asia America Gateway with 'Most Innovative Project' award in 'International Fixed Network Infrastructure' category
The Asia America Gateway (AAG) submarine cable network received the Most Innovative Project award by the UK-based publication Global Telecom Business in a ceremony held in London on September 17, at the presence of representatives from Philippine Long Distance Telephone Company and Telecom Malaysia, Alcatel-Lucent and NEC.
April 27, 2007
NEC and Alcatel-Lucent Win Contract to Supply 20,000km Submarine Cable Network Between Southeast Asia and the United States A cable network spanning almost half the length of the equator
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) and Alcatel-Lucent (Euronext Paris and NYSE: ALU) will jointly deploy the Asia America Gateway (AAG), the first direct Terabit submarine cable network between Southeast Asia and the United States.
December 12, 2006
NEC Wins Contract for Russia- Japan Cable Network
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) today announced that it has signed a contract with Rostelecom, the largest long distance telecom operator in Russia, and KDDI Corporation in Japan for supply of a Russia- Japan cable system.
May 25, 2006
NEC Wins Contract for First Optical Submarine Cable System Linking Maldives to Sri Lanka
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) announced that it has signed a contract valued at US$22.7million with Dhiraagu (Dhivehi Raajjeyge Gulhun Private Limited), the largest telecom carrier in the Maldives and Sri Lanka Telecom for an optical submarine cable system.
January 16, 2006
NEC to Upgrade Maya-1 Submarine Cable System in Caribbean
NEC Corporation today announced that it has signed a contract with purchasers, which comprise of 17 of the world's leading operators, for the upgrade of the Maya-1 Submarine Cable System.
January 16, 2006
NEC Wins Capacity Upgrade Contract for APCN2 Submarine Cable System
NEC Corporation today announced that it has signed a capacity upgrade contract with major telecom operators in the Asia Pacific region.

2001 - 2005

October 17, 2005
NEC Wins Contract for Submarine Cable System to Bridge India & Sri Lanka
NEC Corporation today announced that it has signed a turnkey contract with Sri Lanka Telecom ("SLT") and Bharat Sanchar Nigam Limited ("BSNL") in India for the supply of the Bharat Lanka Cable System.
June 28, 2005
NEC Signs Contract for EAC1 Qingdao Landing Extension Submarine Cable System
NEC Corporation announced today that it has signed a turnkey contract with China Network Communications Group Corporation....
June 27, 2005
NEC to jointly supply nationwide telecommunications system for Indonesia with Siemens
NEC Corporation and Siemens Communications announced today that....
May 14, 2004
NEC Wins Contract to Supply Submarine Cable System linking Indonesia and Malaysia
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) announced today that it has signed a contract with PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia, tbk ("PT Telkom") and Telekom Malaysia Berhad ("Telekom Malysia") for the supply of optical fiber submarine cable system linking Indonesia and Malaysia.
December 2, 2003
NEC Completes Thailand-Indonesia-Singapore Cable Network
NEC Corporation today announced that it has successfully completed the construction of a new submarine optical cable network, named TIS (Thailand - Indonesia - Singapore) Cable Network for a consortium formed by CAT Telecom Public Company Ltd. of Thailand, PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia Tbk of Indonesia and Singapore Telecommunications Limited of Singapore.
July 22, 2003
NEC teams up with Sumitomo, OCC and Global Marine To Build Fiber Optic Cable for General Communication Inc in Alaska
NEC Corporation (NEC), announced that the Consortium of NEC, OCC Corporation (OCC) and Global Marine Systems Limited (GMSL) headed by Sumitomo Corporation, received order to build submarine fiber optic cable system connecting Seward, Alaska and Warrenton, Oregon for General Communication, Inc (GCI).
September 17, 2001
NEC to Offer DWDM Repeaterless Optical Submarine Cable System to Japan Telecom
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:NIPNY) (FTSE:6701q.1) (TSE: 6701) announced today that it has received an order from Japan Telecom Co., Ltd. to supply DWDM (Dense Wavelength Division Multiplexing ) Repeaterless Optical Submarine Cable System that will offer backbone network in the northeast area of Japan.
June 1, 2001
NEC to Introduce Terrestrial/Submarine Integrated Global Seamless Network
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:NIPNY) (FTSE:6707q.1) (TSE:6701) announced today that it has launched its next generation network concept based on the DWDM technologies. NEC will introduce the "Terrestrial/Submarine Integrated Global Seamless Network" to global network carriers.
March 8, 2001
Global Marine, OCC and NEC Announce Strategic Alliance To Deliver Integrated Submarine Cable Networks
NEC Corporation (NEC), Global Marine Systems Ltd.(Global Marine) and OCC Corporation (OCC) today announced a strategic alliance to deliver integrated submarine cable networks. Combining their respective expertise in the development and the turnkey implementation of submarine cable networks,...

- 2000

October 18, 2000
NEC Signed the Construction Contract of East Asia Crossing Phase 2 - $475M Submarine Cable Project -
NEC Corporation (NASDAQ:NIPTY) (FTSE: 6701q.1) (TSE: 6701) announced today that it has signed on the 13th of October, the construction contract with Asia Global Crossing Ltd. (NASDAQ: AGCX) for the Phase 2 of East Asia Crossing Submarine Cable System Project, that will connect Hong Kong, Malaysia, Singapore, the Philippines and Taiwan.
July 3, 2000
NEC signed Supply Contract for Australia - Japan Cable System
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) announced today that it has signed a Supply Contract for a submarine cable system between Australia and Japan, a system that, when completed in 3Q 2001, will connect Australia and Japan with designed bandwidth capacity of 640 gigabits per second.
April 18, 2000
NEC Signs US$ 800 million Contract for Asia Pacific Cable Network 2 Submarine Cable System
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) announced that it will sign a contract worth approximatelyUS$800 million for the supply of a submarine cable system for the Asia-Pacific Cable Network 2 (APCN2) project tomorrow.
September 17, 1999
NEC To Launch 160Gbps WDM Non-Repeatered Optical Submarine Cable System for Highly-reliable, Large-capacity Backbone Network
NEC Corporation (NEC) (NASDAQ: NIPNY) (FTSE: 6701q.l) announced that it has launched a Wavelength Division Multiplexing (WDM) based 160Gbps (10Gbps x 16) optical submarine cable system called "SLR160S". NEC will start to deliver the system in March 2000.
September 3, 1998
Completion of the World's Largest Manufacturing Facility for Optical Transmission Systems and Devices
NEC Corporation announces that NEC Yamanashi Ltd., Otsuki Plant has completed the construction of its new building and is ready to start its operations. The expansion, initiated in April 1997, costs 10 billion yen.
September 18, 1996
NEC Receives Order for the First Optical Fibre Submarine Cable in China
NEC Corporation announced that it has received the order from China Communications System Corporation for China Unicom's Shenzhen to Zhuhai submarine cable communication system contract, the first fibre optic submarine cable in China.