Singapore Telecommunications (SingTel) has reportedly signed up to join the consortium of telcos looking to build and operate the new Southeast Asia Japan Cable (SJC) system. In a statement Southeast Asia’s largest telecoms group said that the new international submarine cable system will cost an estimated USD400 million and will span 8,300km offering a six-fibre pair high capacity submarine cable system with design capacity of 17Tbps that can be upgraded to 23Tbps. The SJC cable is expected to be operational by Q2 2012 and will initially link Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Japan. Other consortium members are: Globe Telecom, Google, KDDI Corp, Network i2i, Reliance Globalcom, Telemedia Pacific and PT Telekomunikasi Indonesia International. The consortium may be expanded to include other carriers in the future.