September 15, 2004 Seoul, Korea, and London -- Yahoo! Korea has selected FLAG Telecom to provide trans-continental connectivity and intra-Asia advanced services across the FLAG Telecom global network.
To achieve the Yahoo! solution, FLAG configured its Global Ethernet Service between Korea and the United States to fulfill the user authentication requirement and implemented FLAG's IP Transit service to deliver high quality and high-speed access to international content.
"Yahoo! is a truly global organization and therefore a perfect customer for FLAG Telecom," contends Owen Best, FLAG Telecom's president of Asia Pacific. "Yahoo! Korea needed extremely fast customer authentication, which is carried out in the U.S., and then highly reliable, high capacity connections to address consumer demand for Yahoo's globally popular content and services, including news, financial information, streaming media sources, gaming, and message boards."
According to FLAG Telecom, user authentication was configured as a point to point service, traversing FLAG's wholly owned backbone network via a dedicated, secure Gigabit circuit, thus ensuring fast and reliable access between the Korea- and US-based servers. As the authentication is conducted in seconds, customers are not aware that authentication is taking place on another continent and do not suffer any unnecessary delay in accessing their accounts and other Yahoo! services. Usage based billing ensures that any costs can be kept to a minimum.
Delivering high quality and high-speed access to international content was achieved with the implementation of FLAG's IP Transit Service in Korea. FLAG's IP network benefits from a single AS number and sits on FLAG's self-managed global backbone and has been dimensioned to be extremely fast. As with the Global Ethernet Service, FLAG configured a Gigabit solution, providing Yahoo Korea! with the scalability and flexibility needed for usage fluctuations.
FLAG's optical fiber network spans the globe and offers customers east and west routing, meaning traffic can be switched at any time to avoid a cable cut or natural disaster. FLAG's newest cable system, known as FALCON, is planned to provide additional resilience across the major route from Egypt to Hong Kong and particularly around the Middle East.