Joint build agreement to own and develop the Bifrost Cable System, the world’s first subsea cable system connecting Singapore directly to North America via Indonesia
A&G News 3 May 2021
Allen & Gledhill advised Keppel Telecommunications & Transportation Limited (“Keppel T&T”), through a wholly owned subsidiary, Keppel Midgard Holdings Pte. Ltd. (“KMH”), on the joint build agreement to jointly own and develop the Bifrost Cable System, with a subsidiary of Facebook Inc. and PT. Telekomunikasi Indonesia International, a subsidiary of PT Telkom Indonesia (Persero) Tbk.
Spanning over 15,000 kilometres, the Bifrost Cable System is the world’s first subsea cable system that directly connects Singapore to the west coast of North America via Indonesia through the Java Sea and Celebes Sea, the Philippines and Guam. The Bifrost Cable System will be the largest capacity high-speed transmission cable across the Pacific Ocean when it is completed in 2024, and will support and accelerate the connectivity needs of the South-east Asia region by providing not only seamless direct connectivity to North America, and low latency, but also network diversity.
KMH has been granted a Facilities-Based Operator licence by the Infocomm Media Development Authority, Singapore to provide telecommunications services in connection with the Bifrost Cable System.
The Bifrost Cable System is also the first subsea cable project undertaken by the Keppel group and marks the start of Keppel T&T’s subsea cable business.
Advising Keppel T&T and KMH were Allen & Gledhill Partners Tan Wee Meng and Yeo Boon Kiat.