Phase Two for Flag

Aug. 1, 1996

Phase Two for Flag

The Fiber Optic Link Around the Globe (Flag) consortium has entered Phase Two of its undersea construction program. Phase Two of the $790-million project, which should be completed by the third quarter of 1996, runs from Bombay, India, to landing points in Penang, Malaysia; Satun, Thailand; and Sonkhla, Thailand. Flag`s total operation is worth more than $1.5 billion and links three continents on a route connecting business centers and high-growth regions between the United Kingdom and Japan. According to the consortium, which comprises major companies from the United States, Japan, Saudi Arabia, Hong Kong and Thailand, 37% of the 16,800-mile cable link is now complete or being constructed. This figure includes a landing at Portcurno in Cornwall, UK, which was completed in May.

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