Japan’s KDDI Corp announced yesterday it will take part in a project being run by US-based Google Inc to roll out a new 8,300km submarine cable system connecting Japan and Singapore. The Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC) system, which is scheduled for completion in Q2 2012, is expected to cost around USD400 million and will provide initial bandwidth of 17Tbps, but could ultimately be increased to 23Tbps – making it the highest capacity system in the world. Four other telcos in the region have also signed up to the SJC project: Globe Telecom (Philippines), Network i2i (a 100% subsidiary of Bharti Airtel, India), Reliance Globalcom (through FLAG Pacific Limited, Bermuda), and Telemedia Pacific Inc (Hong Kong/Indonesia). Moreover, other firms are expected to join the project in the future. The six initiating parties reportedly signed the agreements in Manila on 10 December 2009.