SingTel has joined Google and four Asian telcos to build and operate a new underwater trans-Pacific cable system called FASTER. The four telcos include China Mobile International, China Telecom Global, Malaysia's Global Transit, and Japan's KDDI.

With NEC Corporation as the system supplier, construction will begin immediately with completion targeted for the second quarter of 2016, said SingTel in a media statement. The telco added that FASTER will connect major hubs in the United States -- namely Los Angeles, San Francisco, Portland and Seattle -- to Chikura and Shima in Japan.

The cable system will feature a 6-fibre-pair cable and optical transmission technologies with an initial design capacity of 60 terabits per second. As this enables "FASTER to transmit an equivalent of 12,000 high-definition movies every second across the Pacific Ocean, it will facilitate the delivery of broadband-heavy applications, video and contents to meet the future needs of consumers and enterprises, said Ooi Seng Keat, vice president of carrier services at SingTel Group Enterprises.