Indian carrier to build $200m Sing-Japan cable

India's VSNL will lead the building of a $200 million TGN Intra-Asian cable linking Singapore to Japan, the company announced Thursday.

The four fiber-pair system will provide up to 3.8 Tbps of capacity, landing at Singapore, Hong

Kong, Japan, the Philippines and possibly Vietnam.

US subsea firm Tyco Telecommunications will build the cable, which is due to be completed in June 2008.

VSNL's partners in the project include PCCW Global, Globe Telecom in the Philippines and Vietnam's EVNTelecom.

Vinod Kumar, president of VSNL global data solutions, said it would be the only cable system to provide a direct fiber link between Singapore and Japan.