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Wednesday, February 2, 2011

New Submarine Cable Project for PLDT

Philippine Long Distance Telephone Co. (PLDT) has partnered with the region’s biggest telecommunications firms for the construction of a $430-million submarine cable that will substantially increase Internet connection speeds in the Asia-Pacific region.

PLDT said it would take part in the construction of a high bandwidth optical fiber underwater cable system called AsiaSubmarine-cable Express (ASE), together with Japan’s NTT Communications, Singapore’s StarHub and Malaysia’s Telekom Malaysia.

The 7,200-kilometer ASE system will link Japan, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Singapore. The system will also connect to Malaysia and potentially to mainland China as well as other Southeast Asian countries.

“The system is envisioned to provide seamless interconnection with other major cable systems connecting Europe, the Middle East, other parts of Asia and the US,” the statement read.

The construction and maintenance agreement for the cable system was signed by the four operators last January 27.

PLDT’s new cable landing station on the east coast of the Philippines will also provide enhanced network redundancy for superior telecommunications services for corporate, small businesses and retail broadband customers of PLDT and wireless subsidiary Smart Communications Inc.

“The synergy of the industry leaders is essential in realizing ASE. As a result, PLDT will have additional bandwidth capacity via a new diverse route to further improve the resiliency of its international cable network in the Asia-Pacific region,” PLDT vice president for network planning Genaro C. Sanchez said.

Once built, the new system will be capable of transmitting 40 gigabytes of data a second, which can be expanded to 100 gigabytes.

This is expected to cater to the forecast exponential growth in bandwidth requirements for new and revolutionary broadband applications such as Internet protocol, video, data and other multimedia services.

The cable routes between the ASE terminal stations will cover the shortest possible distances to minimize latency, or the loss of data during transmission. ASE will be installed along a route that will avoid as much as possible the critical earthquake-prone area in the south of Taiwan.


Via:  Inquirer.net

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