Independent digital services provider Superloop announced that the TKO Express domestic submarine cable network is now operational. The TKO Express submarine cable is the first low-latency path linking significant data centers in Chai Wan on Hong Kong Island and the mainland at Tseung Kwan O Industrial Estate (TKO), and is about 20 km shorter than other network routes connecting the data centers, Superloop asserts.
The TKO Express submarine cable network is Superloop's largest Asia Pacific fiber core count deployment, Superloop adds. The undersea cable has 1,728 core fibers, and is a fundamental component of Superloop's Hong Kong dark fiber network.
The service provider installed TKO Express across the Tathong Channel, the eastern entrance to Victoria Harbour, in mid-February 2017. With Western Harbour Crossing and Eastern Harbour Crossing systems already live, the TKO Express undersea cable system is the third of Superloop's harbor crossings to link Hong Kong Island to Kowloon.
"This opened new opportunities for businesses requiring high-speed connectivity or a geographically diverse link between the two precincts," said Bevan Slattery, Superloop executive chairman and CEO. "Companies in the financial, telecommunications and media sectors, in particular, require high-performance, highly reliable connectivity for day-to-day business activities."
Encompassing 110 km, the initial phase of Superloop's Hong Kong core cable network was officially launched in December 2016. Using backbone links, the network connects Chai Wan, Tseung Kwan O, and Tsuen Wan campus loops.
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