NEC Corporation yesterday announced the signing of a multimillion-dollar turn-key contract with PT Fangbian Iskan Corporindo (FIC) and Telemedia Pacific Inc (TPI) to supply the new intra-Asian Submarine Cable Asia Network (SCAN) system. The new link will provide the first direct cable connection between Indonesia’s two main cities – the capital Jakarta and the second largest city of Surabaya – and Hong Kong, where it will then be further connected to other global cable systems. SCAN will span 4,300km and will have three branching units to provide scope for future expansion to countries such as Singapore, Vietnam and the Philippines. The cable will utilise dense wavelength division multiplexing (DWDM) technology with initial capacity of 40Gbps, upgradable to 1.92Tbps. Commenting on the award, FIC director Linggar Mulyono said: ‘Indonesia has a total population of more than 230 million and our people are steadily progressing into an era of digital transformation. The installation of this new cable system will present greater opportunities to empower the Indonesian people to connect with the global community and further enhance its adoption digital communications’. NEC expects contract-related activity to begin during the first half of 2009, and the new cable is scheduled to be completed by the end of 2011.