Converge ICT says Bifrost, SEA-H2X cables may be delayed to 2025

Converge ICT says Bifrost, SEA-H2X cables may be delayed to 2025

Executives at Philippine broadband provider Converge ICT Solutions have reportedly said that two major international subsea cable networks it’s participating in are behind schedule and may not be completed until next year.

According to media reports, the Bifrost Cable System and the South-East Asia Hainan-Hong Kong Express Cable System (SEA H2X) – which were originally scheduled to be finished this year – are taking longer to roll out than expected.

Business World reports that Converge CEO Dennis Anthony H. Uy said the company has had trouble acquiring the necessary permits in places like Indonesia, while Converge chief operations officer Jesus Romero said that rough weather conditions were also a factor.

Romero said the worst-case scenario is that the cables will be finished by the first quarter of 2025, adding that “it could be late this year or early next year,” the report said.

The Bifrost cable – designed with a capacity of 10.4 Tbps – aims to connect Singapore, Indonesia, the Philippines, Guam, Mexico and California over a total span of 19,900 km, including branches. The 5,000-km SEA H2X project – with a design capacity of 160 Tbps – will connect Hainan, China, and Hong Kong SAR with the Philippines, Thailand, East Malaysia and Singapore, with options to extend to Vietnam, Cambodia, Indonesia and the Malaysian peninsula.

Converge is a consortium partner in SEA H2X, along with China Mobile International, China Unicom Global, and PP Telecom. Converge joined Bifrost in 2021 after striking a deal to acquire an Indefeasible Right of Use (IRU) from Keppel Midgard Holdings (KMH) for one fibre pair on the system. KMH and Converge also agreed to jointly develop the Bifrost branch that will land in Davao, for which Converge also has an IRU.


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