A few days ago, China Mobile International Corporation CMI announced that the Bay To Bay Express (BtoBE), a submarine cable system plans to build in July.
It is reported that the BtoBE submarine cable system will connect the Guangdong, Hong Kong, Macau, San Francisco Bay Area and extend south to Singapore. The system has a total capacity of 108Tbps and a delay of 130 milliseconds. CMI claims that this will be the first submarine cable line with a delay of less than 150 milliseconds from Singapore to the United States. It is planned to be put into use in 2021.
In January of this year, CMI signed a memorandum of cooperation with members of its consortium.
According to the plan, the optical fiber on the BtoBE system will be connected to the South-East Asia-Japan 2 (SJC2) submarine cable to strengthen connectivity in Southeast Asia. SJC2 is expected to configure up to 8 pairs of high-capacity optical fiber with a total design capacity of 144Tbps and is expected to be put into use in the fourth quarter of 2020.
Moreover, the BtoBE system will also connect three international data centers in Hong Kong, Singapore and the United States to form an important part of the Trans-Pacific region.